The Branston Island flood reservoir has undergone £300,000 worth of refurbishment, according to the Environment Agency (EA). The works form part of a wider £200m of investment planned for 2019, seeking to maintain flood defences across the country.
The reservoir protects more than 7,000 homes and businesses in and around Lincoln from flooding. The EA completed works on the project over eleven weeks ago, repairing the banks and bank tops, and the sluices controlling the reservoir’s flow.
The reservoir stores excess water from the River Witham and, together with the River Till and River Witham reservoirs, helps reduce flood risk to the city of Lincoln and local villages. Combined, the three reservoirs can hold over 11cm³ of water.
The reservoir was last used to store water from the Witham during a period of heavy rainfall in the winter of 2012.