Fears for Louth and Horncastle flood protection schemes

A Lincolnshire MP is worried that proposed flood protection schemes for several areas of the county will not be funded because of government cuts.

Hundreds of homes in Louth and Horncastle were badly affected by floods three years ago.

Bids were put in for two protection schemes costing £20m to give better flood protection for the two towns.

Louth and Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell said he had been told the two towns were not priority areas.

River Lud

"When individual families get flooded it is an absolute disaster and some are still suffering from the floods three years ago," the Conservative MP said.

He said the funding was needed to protect homes in the area.

The local Environment Agency supports the projects and will argue that it will bring economic benefits to the area.

The Environment Agency's Andy Wilkinson said it was working hard to get the funding, adding a final decision had not been made yet.

Properties in Louth and Horncastle were badly damaged in 2007 when the River Lud burst its banks.

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