Council leader hails volunteers and emergency crews after floods

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The Leader of East Lindsey District Council has praised the efforts of the emergency services and volunteers after the devastating coastal floods which struck the UK and parts of the county.

A huge tidal surge battered the Lincolnshrie coastline last night causing localised flooding in some places.
Worst hit was Boston, outside the district, where hundreds had to be evacuated when torrents of water cascaded throught he town’s streets.

Debris on Skegness Beach.

Debris on Skegness Beach.

But communities in East Lindsey were also affected.

Businesses in and around the Skegness foreshore were flooded out or severely damaged by the pounding waves.

Elsewhere, some residents had to be evacuated as a precautionary measure - including 20 in Ingoldmells, although luckily they were able to return home at 11pm the same evening having been spared the sea’s wrath.

Council leader, Cllr Doreen Stephenson, has praised al those who have helped in the flood prevention, rescue and clean-up work.

“Our thoughts are with those residents who had to leave their homes or suffered damage to their belongings and businesses in yesterday’s floods.

“Together with the Chief Executive, Stuart Davy, I have seen first hand the disruption, and in some cases devastation, that the flooding has caused as we spent this morning in affected communities across the District.

“Our teams have been supporting the emergency services through the night and have now begun the process of cleaning up in those areas affected to support residents and businesses in returning to some kind of normality.

“We would like to thank all of those involved, from volunteers to Council staff and the emergency services.

“As we are still dealing with flooding in some areas, people are urged not to enter flood water or allow their pets or children to do so as there may be hidden dangers such as misplaced manhole covers or other debris.

“Please stay safe. We would also urge anyone who is aware of any vulnerable neighbours who are in need of assistance to get in contact with us on 01507 601111 as soon as possible.

“For updates on the situation residents are advised to listen to local radio – BBC Radio Lincolnshire (94.9fm) or Lincs FM (102.2). Residents are also urged to sign up to the Environment Agency’s Flood Line scheme at in order to remain informed of potential flooding in future.”