Emergency agencies thank public for assistance during torrential weather

THE agencies within the Lincolnshire Joint Emergency Planning Service have moved to thank the public for their patience and co-operation during the ongoing disruptive period of severe wet weather.

Although localised flooding has struck in all corners of the county, the agencies believe that overall disruption has been kept to a minimum by the public listening to their safety advice.

But they have moved to urge a minority who are ignoring road closure signs to think twice about such reckless action - amid concerns they coul dbe putting themselve sin danger.

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.”

The group added that although water levels remained high, drainage was flowing well and disruption had been minimal up to that stage.

The public is being 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.