Intense electrical storms in Skegness and Boston area spark flash flooding - including Wainfleet

Lightning over Skegness.
Lightning over Skegness.

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue crews were scrambled to a number of incidents of localised flash flooding around the county last night (Tuesday) after intense electrical storms struck the area.

Locally they attended an incident in Wainfleet All Saints, as well as five other call-outs elsewhere in the county - including Westborough, Long Bennington, Beckingham and Brant Broughton.

The Wainfleet flooding occurred shortly after 10pm and affected a commercial property on the High Street.

A spokesperson for Lincs Fire & Rescue said all of the incidents were caused “by the drains being unable to cope with the sheer amount of rainfall”.

“The brigade used light portable pumps and submersible pumps to remove water from the properties,” they added.

Meanwhile, with further thunderstorms expected in the coming days, the Environment Agency has urged the public to be preapred for sudden flooding events.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency, said: “While we cannot prevent the rain or prevent flooding entirely, we can help communities become more resilient, which is why we want to increase awareness of the dangers in vulnerable areas by giving people guidance to develop their own action plan to keep themselves safe if such events occur.

“Knowing your flood risk is the first step to protecting your family and property. Once you know the risks, you can put measures in place to stay safe.”

The agency added that flash flooding can occur with no warning and that people in flood prone areas should take steps to be as prepared as possible for a sudden inundation.

They advise that homeowners look out for heavy rain, rising water levels with churning, dark water or a build up of debris in rivers and streams.

People living and working in basement or single-storey accommodation are particularly at risk, as are people staying in tents and caravans or people unfamiliar with the area, such as tourists.

The agency added that it is important that your action plan considers warning friends and neighbours, and knowing where to go if you get caught in a flash flood.

If you can’t get away in time, then move to higher ground or move upstairs if you are in a building with two or more storeys;

Never walk or drive through floodwater as it only takes 15cms of fast-flowing water to knock an adult over and 60cms to sweep away a 4x4 car or small lorry.

For more information and advice go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.