New drainage system installed at Hubbards Hills beauty spot in Louth
FLOODING and boggy conditions at a popular beauty spot has led to a new drainage system being installed.
Following high water levels from heavy rain and water bubbling up from underground springs, parts of Hubbards Hills in Louth have recently been left flooded.
The management trust of the hills have just finished installing a new drainage system to help prevent such flooding in the future.
During times of heavy rain, the hills naturally act as a release route for water which could otherwise affect Louth town centre.
Andrew Leonard, chairman of the Hubbards Hills Management Trust, said: "When there is a large release of water there is always an overspill at Hubbards Hills but it is better to have it there than in the town.
"The problem we have had recently is as we try and clear the water, the network of underground springs have been bubbling up through the manhole covers. It was coming up faster than we could move it away
"We had a motorised pump which could not simply keep up with the amount of water we had.
"We have had to put in a new section of drainage as an emergency measure."
The work is now complete which should resolve any future problems and means the path is now accessible again to the public.
At Louth Town Council meeting last week, councillors gave their support to the environmental impact assessment for flood reservoirs off the A16 - the flood alleviation scheme being planned for the town by the Environment Agency.
Mr Leonard said: "Hubbards Hills Trust has been working very closely with the Environment Agency and we have been assured by all those involved that the ecological impact to Hubbards Hills will not be affected in any way shape or form from the flood alleviation scheme."
The River Lud Liaison Group has also supported the assessment stating the damage from the river flooding through Louth would have a far greater impact on the environment than any damage from the creation of the reservoirs.