Workers are getting ready to begin the annual project to reduce coastal flood risk along Lincolnshire’s beaches whilst following coronavirus guidance.
The Environment Agency’s £7 million beach management scheme sees sand dredged from the seabed and pumped onto the beach to replace levels lost to the sea during the winter.
Replenishing this sand means the beaches – instead of hard defences like sea walls – take the brunt of the waves’ force and energy.
This reduces the amount of damage and erosion to those hard defences, which help protect 20,000 homes and businesses, 24,500 static caravans and 35,000 hectares of land from flooding.
“This vital work reduces the risk of flooding to homes and businesses on the coast, and we’re delighted it is able to go ahead in line with the government’s coronavirus guidance,” said Deborah Campbell, east coast flood risk manager for the Environment Agency.
“All our staff, contractors and partners will practice social distancing and follow Public Health England’s guidance for safe working.
“And as well as helping protect people from flooding, the work will also help maintain our beloved sandy beaches so they’ll be ready to welcome back locals and tourists alike, when it’s safe for visitors to return.”
Over the next 6 weeks, more than 400,000 cubic metres of sand will be pumped back onto beaches between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point, including Trusthorpe, Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells, Trunch Lane, Wolla Bank, Chapel Six Marshes and Hutoft, and local people who may be visiting their beach are asked to stay clear of the worksites.