The Environment Agency has said that the first of 400,000m3 of sand to be pumped onto Lincolnshire beaches has been placed in a bid to reduce flood risk.
The Lincolnshire Beach Management project involves the raising of beach levels lost naturally to the sea, by dredging sand from the seabed and pumping it onshore.
According to the Environment Agency, the work forms a key part of the management strategy for the Lincolnshire coast, which reduces coastal flood risk to thousands of homes, businesses and static caravans as well as agricultural land. The scheme will reduce flood risk to more than 20,000 homes and businesses, 24,500 static caravans and 35,000ha of land.
Work on the scheme started at Boygrift and, over the next eight weeks, the dredger will also place material at Trusthorpe, Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells, Trunch Lane, Wolla Bank, Chapel Six Marshes and Huttoft.
Environment Agency senior coastal advisor Mark Robinson said: “Our work to restore beach levels is important as it protects our coastal defences, such as sea walls, from the energy of the waves as they impact on the coast.
“Our defences along the Lincolnshire coast help us reduce coastal flood risk to tens of thousands of homes and businesses as well as significant areas of agricultural land. By replenishing beaches, we extend the defences’ life.
“The project also brings value to the bustling tourism economy on Lincolnshire’s coast, as without it Lincolnshire’s beaches would not be nearly as sandy.”