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Quarry helps Lincs villages cope with flood risk


Local emergency services praise actions of Aggregate Industries’ Woodhall Spa Quarry team

AGGREGATES Industries’ Woodhall Spa Quarry, in Lincolnshire, has been praised by the emergency services for working tirelessly to help reduce the impact of recent floods on nearby communities.

Last month, two months’ worth of rain poured on to parts Lincolnshire in just two days and many communities across the county faced the very real threat of flooding.

Between 11 and 13 June, Woodhall Spa Quarry provided Kirkby-on-Bain with 450 sandbags to help barricade roads and divert the rising water into fishing lakes and rivers. The 25kg bags were also used to protect vulnerable houses and to prevent water entering the cellar of the local pub.

Then, at 3:30pm on 13 June, the quarry received a call from Lincolnshire Police requesting flood aid in Wainfleet, where residents were having to be evacuated.

By 5pm that day, 68 one-tonne bags of ballast had been prepared, loaded on to two flat-bed trailers and sent to Wainfleet, where they were unloaded by a Chinook helicopter and placed into breaches in the river Steeping, which had burst its banks.

Since receiving the emergency call, a total of 408 one-tonne bags have been sent to Wainfleet.

Alan Stephenson, quarry operations manager at Aggregate Industries, said: ‘The organization and fast turnaround arranging these loads is testament to the hard work and commitment of the entire site team.

‘From the logistics team to the bagging shed staff and the truck drivers who were summoned at short notice, everyone worked tirelessly to serve the community.’

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