A half a million pound project to protect homes in Walcott, Lincolnshire, from flooding is due to start today.

Anglian Water is increasing the capacity of existing sewers and building additional storage tanks near to The Drift to dramatically reduce the risk of sewage flooding homes and gardens after periods of heavy rainfall. In the past, heavy downpours have overwhelmed parts of the drainage network.  

The project is expected to be completed by the end of March.   Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “Nobody wants to suffer from sewer flooding – it is truly unpleasant.  

“Our teams all across the Anglian Water region work around the clock throughout the year to clear blockages. They also proactively jet pipes to prevent them from becoming blocked, which is another potential cause of flooding.  

“We do know some homes are more at risk than others when we experience very heavy storms or prolonged wet periods, which is why we are working in areas like Walcott to increase the drainage capacity and reduce the risk of flooding in the village.”  

To allow the work to be carried out as quickly as possible part of The Drift, from the junction with Castle View, will be closed to traffic from Monday 18th February for four weeks.  

 Through traffic will be diverted along: The Drift, B1189 High Street, Walcott Road, Fen Road, Gravelhill Drove and Long Drove where it will rejoin with The Drift.  

Antony continued: “We are constantly looking at projects like this across the region where we can protect homes from flooding and give residents extra peace of mind.  

“On a more local level there are steps we can all take to help reduce the threat of flooding. Sewage flooding is often caused by blockages in the pipes and pumping stations, which prevent sewage and surface water from flowing through.  

“In many cases these blockages are entirely avoidable and the result of things like wipes and sanitary products combining with cooking fats, greases and leftovers which are wrongly put down toilets and plugholes across the region.  

“If all of us act now and stop putting these items down the drainage systems, then sewer blockages and the horrors of sewage flooding which can result would be significantly reduced.”