MULTI-AGENCY STATEMENTS AT 1710 FRIDAY 21ST JUNE
Update on Wainfleet flooding – all remaining residents now able to return home
It is now safe to return to the remaining 248 properties in the Wainfleet area, including Thorpe St Peter and Great Steeping, previously advised to evacuate because of the risk of flooding.
People have been given the greenlight to return to their homes, following reinforcements of the temporary repair on the banks of the River Steeping by the Environment Agency. They have also installed equipment at the breach location to monitor the river level and CCTV in real time.
Work on a more permanent solution continues and steel sheet piling will be installed as soon as possible. This work will take some weeks but it is safe for residents to return home while it is completed.
Anglian Water has also confirmed that toilets and washing facilities can be used as normal.
If you have been in regular contact and receiving support from the NHS or social services during the past week, you will be directly contacted about arrangements for your return home. Please do not attempt to return home before you have been contacted.
British Red Cross will be delivering information packs to people affected over the coming days. There is also information available to support you in your return to your property online at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/Flood2019
For any inquiries relating to your return home, please call 01522 787034.
Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West, chairman of the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, said:
“The emergency services, our partners and volunteers have been working around the clock to get people back in their homes and I'm happy to announce it is now safe to return.
"We appreciate that this has been emotional and distressing time for local residents and our organisations will be providing ongoing support as things gets back to normal."
It is strongly recommended that residents returning home sign up for the Environment Agency's flood warning service. You can register by visiting www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings or calling 0345 988 1188.
Search 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’.
Officers from the Environment Agency will also be in the town over the weekend to help people to sign up to the service. It is very important that residents follow advice issued via the flood warning service if future weather results in the need to issue flood alerts or flood warnings.
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.
Message from Public Health England
As residents return to their homes, our advice is not to use petrol or diesel generators indoors. The exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which can kill.
- If residents develop symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting or respiratory illness, they should call 111 in the first instance.
- Residents should avoid contact with floodwater and take care if they must go into flood water by following our advice about how to clean up your home safely - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/348920/Flooding_how_to_clean_up_your_house_safely.pdf
- Feeling tired, anxious and having difficulty sleeping is normal after you have been flooded. We would urge those affected to contact friends and family for support as it can take a long time for life to return to normal. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flooding-health-advice-mental-health-following-floods
UPDATE FROM RED CROSS - 2200 21ST JUNE:
British Red Cross volunteers are handing out information packs in Coronation Hall and will also be visiting people who have returned to their homes to give them information packs and make sure they are ok.
The packs contain leaflets on dealing with the aftermath of the flooding, sorting out insurance and dealing with a crisis.
We would like to hear from local people who can help with this. Please sign up as a British Red Cross community reserve volunteer. It takes just five minutes to register and we will text you when you are needed.
21 Jun 19 10:29 PM