A total of 284 properties in Wainfleet are now safe for residents to return, after floods that have affected the town for more than a week.
Following the earlier evacuation of 532 properties, people can now go back to the properties situated more than 2.7m above sea level. Information and a list of streets detailing where residents can return will be distributed around the area and will be available at Coronation Hall.
This also means that occupants in the 248 properties situated less than 2.7m above sea level are advised not to return at this stage. While appreciating that the situation remains frustrating for many householders, business owners and the public of Wainfleet, the Environment Agency has advised that it is not safe for people to return to these properties at this stage. Further information will be provided in due course.
If you have been in regular contact and receiving support from the NHS or Social Services during the past week, you will be contacted very shortly about arrangements to return to your home and further advice will be given. Please don’t attempt to return home before you have been contacted.
British Red Cross will be delivering information packs to people affected over coming days.There is also information available to support you in your return to your property here: https://www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/Flood2019
For any inquiries relating to your return home please call 01522 787034.
The decision to start allowing people back to their homes has been based on evidence from the Environment Agency, which has assessed the banks and the current temporary repair which remains stable. This is being monitored closely. Work is now taking place to provide a more permanent solution and steel sheet piling will be installed as soon as possible. This work will take some weeks but it is expected that all residents will be able to return home before this is complete.
Speaking after a multi-agency meeting with local residents at Coronation Hall in Wainfleet last night (Thursday 20 June), Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West, chairman of the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, said:
“The community spirit and togetherness shown by local residents has been nothing short of incredible.
“The emergency services, our partners and volunteers continue to work around the clock to get people back in their homes as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Teams from the Environment Agency will be in Wainfleet today (Friday 21 June) to hand out information on how people can sign up to their free Flood Warning Service. It is strongly recommended that residents able to return to their homes sign up for these and follow the advice given if alerts or warnings are issued. You can also register by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings or call 0345 988 1188.
Please register by searching for your postcode or ‘Wainfleet’ and then sign up for the flood warning area: ‘Wider area at risk around Croft and Thorpe St Peter’ and flood alert area ‘River Steeping’. There will also be an Environment Agency vehicle at the police station on Magdalen road where people can register.
Message from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
We appreciate that you have been through a difficult time and may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed or worried. If you think you need help, you can;
- Contact your GP who will assess your needs and refer you to relevant services
- Self-refer online via steps2change talking therapies team for common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety
- Telephone 0303 123 4000 (LPFT Single Point of Access) or
- Email email@example.com.
Please find further information on LPFT’s website www.lpft.nhs.uk/our-services.
21 Jun 19 9:22 AM