Winter flooding concerns

Rowers enjoy their recreation in summer conditions on the Old River Ancholme in the centre of Brigg-but boat owners are warning of a flood this winter. EMN-150925-065148001
Rowers enjoy their recreation in summer conditions on the Old River Ancholme in the centre of Brigg-but boat owners are warning of a flood this winter. EMN-150925-065148001
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Brigg Town Centre could be under water this winter unless action is taken to drain the Ancholme.

Speaking independently and exclusively to the Market Rasen Mail, Kev Garnett, a member of the Ancholme Users Group and of Glanford Boat Club, said he was really worried the authorities are turning a blind eye to the problem of silting up in the river.

“There is just three foot of water in the Old Ancholme in the town centre and a layer of silt on the river bed,” he said.

“It is stopping the flow on the river and when it rains heavily this winter water will simply not get away.

“It is the same at the sluice gates where the Ancholme enters the Humber and that could be a major problem in flood conditions if the water can’t be let into the Humber.”

Mr Garnett added the depth of water should be eight foot, not three, and skippers have reported getting stuck in the silt.

“It is very worrying,” he said. “We must hope there is not a major flood before something is done.”