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Two years on from Boston's great flood and at last a line has been drawn under the dramatic events of the night of Thursday, December 5, 2013.

It's taken two years, but finally flood resilience work has been completed at all flood-affected properties in Boston where owners asked for help. In total £2.65 million has been spent in the town - the biggest tranche of Government cash made to any area after the devastating east coast flood.

Qualifying properties where resilience grant applications were made now have a number of flood resistant measures in place - flood resistant external doors, air brick covers, one-way valves on foul water pipes and electrical systems raised above the level of any future anticipated flood levels.

Over the past two years Boston Borough Council's flood team - seconded from other duties within the council - has worked at processing all grant claims and making arrangements for work to take place. In total 515 residential and business properties have benefited from repair and renew grants and business support scheme grants.

Now all those properties are in good repair, residents are back in their homes looking forward to an enjoyable, warm and dry Christmas, and the flood team has stepped down and resumed normal duties.

Council leader, Cllr Peter Bedford, said: "It seems incredible that a few hours flooding could have led to so much misery for so many people over such a long period. I know it has been a long and difficult time for many, but I am pleased that it is now at an end, normal life has resumed, the flood resilience measures give increased confidence and security and I hope they all have a much nicer Christmas than the one they had two years ago.

"We lobbied Government hard and made sure that Owen Paterson the Environment Secretary was fully aware of the impact this was going to have on so many people's lives when he visited the town on the Saturday after the Thursday night flood.

"Boston received the largest share of all flood money made available by Government and plans for the flood barrier were then fast tracked. I make no apology for continuing to urge that nothing delays the progress of the barrier. There is now available a final opportunity for people to see the latest design changes and the tidal flood defence scheme in more detail than ever before."

Public consultation events looking at the proposed construction of the barrier and any issues that may result have been taking place recently. There is a final chance to attend an event  today and tomorrow (Wednesday, December 2, and Thursday, December 3) at the Boston Barrier Community Hub in Marsh Lane from noon to 7pm.

Adam Robinson, Boston Barrier Manager for the Environment Agency, said: "This is the last opportunity that people living in Boston and the surrounding communities have to see the plans to reduce the risk of tidal flooding prior to our Transport and Works Act Order Application being submitted to the Government in spring 2016.

"This barrier will give the area one of the best standards of tidal flood defence outside of London, so we'd like as many people as possible to take a look at the proposals."

The £92.3million tidal flood alleviation barrier has been designed to reduce the risk of tidal flooding and will protect Boston from a repeat of the tidal surge that happened in December 2013.

The new information will also be available to see on the scheme's Facebook page - www.facebook.com/BostonBarrier

Subject to the necessary approvals being in place the Boston Barrier is expected to be completed by December 2019.

Don't take a chance with flooding

WIN £100 CASH IN FLOODLINE SIGN-UP LOTTERY

Flooding can be a bit of a lottery - you might be flooded, you might not. It's in the lap of Mother Nature exactly where the water ends up when the sea rushes in. That uncertainty, and the risk to life and property, are good reasons for EVERYONE in a flood risk area to sign up for FREE flood warnings.

So here's a different sort of lottery to encourage more to sign up for the Environment Agency warnings when flooding is a possibility. Thanks to generous sponsors a number of £100 cash prizes will be awarded in the Floodline Sign-up Lottery. To be in with a chance of winning cash in time for Christmas all you have to do is follow the few simple instructions below to register for the warnings.

The east coast flood of December, 2013, saw hundreds of properties flooded in Lincolnshire's East Lindsey, Boston and South Holland areas. Many people in those areas would have benefited from early warning of the flood had they been signed up for the EA warning. Preparation is part of the key to surviving and minimising the impact of flooding, and being alerted in time to be prepared can be crucial.

This month there is £100 up for grabs thanks to our first sponsor Gravitas (international) Ltd. Gravitas is a family-run business with over 40 years' experience working with non-woven fabrics and other textiles.

They have used their expertise to produce a variety of DIY applications to resist flooding, including HydroSack and HydroSnake - modern alternatives to unwieldy and old-fashioned sandbags. Gravitas Hydro products are lightweight and easy to store and expand in water and limit leakage from floodwater - using water to defeat water.

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Managing director Jacob Sallon said: "As manufacturers of biggest brands in flood prevention - 'the Hydrosack and Hydrosnake' - we recognise the importance of being pre-warned and prepared to deal with flooding. The environmental impact of flooding is bad enough, but at its worst it can be life threatening. Even just a few inches of flood water in a property can result in months of misery for the occupants, as many in Boston found after the 2013 flood. We have worked hard to ensure that flood preventative products are available at your local stores such as B&Q. and we are pleased to support any initiative which encourages more people to be prepared for flooding by signing up for the Environment Agency Flood Warnings." 

Find out more about Gravitas at www.gravitasint.com

Other sponsors of the £100 Floodline Sign-up Lottery in coming months will be Lincs Flood Defence, of Boston, Kier and UK Flood Barriers.