Press release

Work to strengthen River Bain banks continues - maintenance will help reduce flood risk

The Environment Agency has strengthened a 200-metre stretch of embankment on the River Bain near Conningsby as part of its ongoing maintenance programme to reduce flood risk.

Sections of the embankment which had eroded were repaired to maintain the strength and integrity of the bank for the future.

It’s an example of the work that the Agency carries out along the 1,200 kilometers of river it’s responsible for in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

The work is part of the Environment Agency’s £1.8m asset repair programme which, over the next year, will repair approximately a hundred flood defence assets across both counties.

Kate Halka, Operations Manager with the Environment Agency, said:

River banks and channels can naturally deteriorate over time, sometimes due to erosion, current, or damage. But we have a regular programme of inspection that allows us to regularly check our assets and schedule in the necessary maintenance. We prioritise all our maintenance work to make sure we’re providing benefit where it’s needed most.

Strengthening these banks means they’ll continue to function the way they should, retaining water and reducing the risk of flooding. But nothing can ever completely reduce the risk of flooding so we encourage everyone to check their risk and sign up for free flood warnings by calling 0345 988 1188.

Nationally, the Environment Agency is making record levels of investment, spending £2.3b over the next six years to reduce flood risk to 300,000 more properties. Every £1 spent on protecting communities from flooding saves £8 spent repairing damage.