A quarter of a million pound scheme to protect North Lincolnshire homes from flooding has got underway this week (13 October).

The Anglian Water project will see over 200 metres of new, larger capacity sewer pipes installed in the village of Holton-le-Clay where flooding after heavy rainfall and sewer blockages has been a problem in the past.

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “Work in the village will unfortunately cause some disruption to customers and we’re sorry for that. However, we hope residents will understand the long term benefits this scheme will bring to the area.

“Capacity of the sewerage network will in Holton-le-Clay will be increased by over 200 metres of new larger capacity sewer pipes along Langton Road and Newstead Avenue.”

The water company is also reminding customers in the area about the problem of avoidable blockages which have contributed to the problem of sewer flooding in the past.

Antony added: “By not putting things like food, fats and wipes down our sinks and loos, we can all help avoid blocked pipes, and make sure the sewer network is able to work as it’s designed.

“Fats quickly cool and solidify once down the drain, coating the pipes. When this combines with wipes and other sanitary items wrongly placed in the sewer, they form giant ‘fatbergs’ and blockages that are difficult to shift.

“Unfortunately, even the wipes marked ‘flushable’ do not break down in the same way as toilet paper and can cause blockages. With one in every two adults in the UK purchasing some kind of wipe, it is a rapidly growing problem, along with fats and greases.”

Work in the village will focus on the Langton Road and Newstead Avenue area. Access for residents will be maintained throughout with temporary diversions in place.

Antony said: “We will be doing all we can to keep any inconvenience to a minimum, but to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible both roads will need to be closed during work.”

Langton Road will be closed from 13th October for four weeks, until 11th November when Newstead Avenue will then close until 2nd December.