A major scheme to protect homes from flooding in Riverhead and Eastgate, Louth will starting next week (4th August) with a £1.2 million investment from Anglian Water.

Work will be carried out in two areas. Larger sewers and a new storm overflow will be installed on Ramsgate Road. This will dramatically increase the capacity of the sewer network and reduce the risk of flooding to homes in Eastgate. A second upgraded sewer will also be installed in the Riverhead area to protect homes there too.

Together, they will create a combined system that will significantly reduce the risk of sewer flooding, helping to protect nearby homes that have been affected in the past.

Nick Randall, Civil Engineer leading the scheme for Anglian Water, said: “Flooding of any kind can be extremely distressing which is precisely why we are investing in schemes such as this.

“Riverhead and Eastgate are particularly vulnerable areas so we are pleased to get this project underway to reduce the risk of flooding for our customers there and give them peace of mind.

“The extent of the improvements does mean there will be some unavoidable disruption over the coming months, and we’re very sorry for that. We have carefully planned the work to avoid disrupting the important Christmas trading period and minimise the impact on residents, but we hope everyone will understand the huge benefits this scheme will have for their fellow neighbours and the area.”

Work will start from 4th August 2014 and continue until spring 2015, breaking from 1st December until the new year to avoid the Christmas trading period. In agreement with the Highways Agency, work will resume on 13 February and complete in early April.

Ramsgate Road will be closed between Station Approach and Commercial Road while the new equipment is installed, but one lane of Old Mill Park will remain open to give residents access at all times. A marked diversion along Ramsgate and Eastgate will be in place.

As part of this scheme we are also making some improvements to the sewer network in Broadbank Car Park. A number of car parking spaces will be unavailable while we install the new equipment, however we are working closely with the local council to keep as many spaces open as possible and minimise disruption.