District Council encourage homes on coast to sign up to advance flood risk warnings

Flood warnings have been issued today by The Environment Agency.
Flood warnings have been issued today by The Environment Agency.

Despite repeated warnings 75 percent of homes at risk of coastal flooding in East Lindsey are still not signed up to receive advance flood warnings, say the Ditsrict Council.

Councils and the Environment Agency are warning that thousands of people on the Lincolnshire coast are putting themselves at risk of harm by not registering with Flood Warnings Direct.

Despite East Coast flooding being the greatest risk to the County, an estimated 75 percent of households in coastal flood risk areas in East Lindsey have not signed up to the scheme, which is free of charge and provides a telephone call to a landline or mobile to give advance warnings of potential flooding.

David Powell, Head of Emergency Planning at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The tidal surge proved that flooding can have devastating effects on communities and it is important people are aware if their home could be affected. By signing up for flood warnings from the Environment Agency you will receive plenty of notice which can help you to protect your home and your family.”

Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Councillor Steve O’Dare added: “In recent years we have seen the devastating effects of flooding, most recently in 2013, when flooding caused by a tidal surge devastated many homes and businesses across the country. While we will never be able to prevent flooding entirely, those living in areas of flood risk, be it on the coast or inland, should be as prepared as they can be, limiting the devastation that a flood can cause. I would urge anyone who lives in or has a business in a flood risk area to sign up to the FWD scheme now.”

Flood Resilience Advisor Rachael McMahon said: “Despite year on year campaigns it remains very surprising that such a small percentage of households are signed up to receive free flood warnings. Please don’t delay, make that call as it really can make a huge difference.”

It is easy to register for flood warnings online at www.gov.uk/flood, or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

You can choose five ways that you would like to be contacted with flood warning messages including phone numbers and email addresses so that whether you are at home or away, you will get the messages.