Rainfall Disruption Currently Minimal
All the agencies within the Lincolnshire Joint Emergency Planning Service would like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation during this disruptive period of severe wet weather.
David Powell, Head of the Joint Emergency Management Service in Lincolnshire, said: "The public’s assistance has made the work of the emergency services and responding agencies much easier, helping to lessen the impact of the extreme elements.
“However, there have been reports of people ignoring the road closure signs and trying to drive through the water, putting themselves and others at risk. Do stick to the signs - they are in place to help you. It’s not possible to judge the depth of the water, or whether there are manhole covers missing and hidden obstacles under water. We have had a few instances of people getting stuck who have been trying to get through. Keep your eye on the weather forecast and check for any diversions before you leave home in case you need to plan an alternative route.”
Saturday appears to have more settled weather conditions and, although water levels remain high, drainage is flowing well and disruption is minimal at this stage.
The public is advised to keep up to date on the latest situation and current flood alerts by tuning into their local radio and TV stations or contacting the Environment Agency’s Floodline Warnings Direct service on 0845 988 1188, 0845 602 6340 (for Type Talk), www.environment-agency.co.uk/floodwarning or Twitter @LincsOpsEA
What a Flood Warning means:
- That flooding is expected
- And immediate action required.
What to do:
Protect yourself, your family and help others Move family, pets and valuables to a safe place Keep a flood kit ready Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if safe to do so Put flood protection equipment in place
Local authorities will continue to monitor the situation over the weekend and are fully prepared to respond quickly to any incidents.
What are we doing?
Local authorities including the police, fire and rescue, the county and district councils, highways, drainage boards and the Environment Agency are working together to monitor the situation and are fully prepared to respond quickly to any incidents.
A number of preventative measures are being carried out to mitigate the likelihood of further potential flooding, as well as lessen the impact if it does occur.
Police, fire and rescue, highways and local authority teams are working closely under the co-ordination of the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum to prepare and respond to flooding in the county. Flood rescue boats are also on standby.
We are working closely with the Environment Agency, Anglian Water and drainage boards to manage the water levels, keeping them low to try to ensure that they can cope with extra rain.
What can you do?
There are a number of things you can do to prepare for potential flooding. Firstly, it’s important to keep up to date with the weather forecasts and be aware of how your community might be impacted.
Secondly, please follow our advice for before, during and after a flood:
· In an emergency, dial 999.
· For the latest updates, tune into your local radio and TV stations or contact the Environment Agency’s Floodline Warnings Direct:
o 0845 988 1188,
o 0845 602 6340 (for Type Talk)
o Twitter @LincsOpsEA.
· To report a flood, or if you need support dealing with one, contact your local district council:
o Boston Borough Council: 01205 360300 o North Kesteven District Council: 01529 308308 or 01522 699650 o South Kesteven District Council: 01476 406080 o City of Lincoln Council: 01522 881188 o East Lindsey District Council: 01507 601111 o West Lindsey District Council: 01427 676 676 o South Holland District Council: 01775 761161