The Boston Barrier gate is now fully ready and working to give an enhanced level of flood protection to over 13,000 homes and businesses in the town. As the centrepiece of the flood scheme, the barrier gate can be raised in just 20 minutes, responding quickly to threats of North Sea tidal surges. With the whole of the GBP 100 million Environment Agency scheme now two-thirds complete, the project will provide Boston with one of the best standards of flood defence outside of London. Once the scheme is fully completed in 2022, flood risk to over 14,000 homes and 800 businesses will be greatly reduced and allow for the effects of climate change for the next 100 years.
This barrier is part of the government’s long term investment in flood and coastal defences. Since 2015 invested £2.6bn has been invested to better protect the country from flooding and coastal erosion. Earlier this year the government announced a record £5.2 billion investment in flood and coastal defences and our National FCRM Strategy will prepare us for more extreme weather and build a better prepared and more resilient nation.
The Boston Barrier project is expected to be fully completed in 2022. Minister for Floods, Water and Emergencies Rebecca Pow said:
The next stages of work will focus on tying-in the further parts of the scheme downstream, including:
Installing a replacement flood gate at the Port of Boston wet dock entrance;
Work to tie the project into the Haven Banks Improvement Scheme – this is a separate Environment Agency project to raise and strengthen the existing flood banks running from the Barrier towards the Wash for a distance of 5 km.