Emergency and environment bodies issue flood warnings

LOCAL organisations have urged the public to take care during today’s forecast torrential rain - amid fears that there may be a repeat of last week’s damaging localised flooding.

Those travelling today (Friday) are urged to check the travel situation before heading off.

People can tune into their local radio and TV stations for the latest updates.

They can also contact 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.

David Powell, Head of the Joint Emergency Management Service in Lincolnshire, said: “Heavy rain is forecast for large parts of Lincolnshire which could lead to surface water flooding in some areas. Driving conditions in the morning may be difficult.

“We are working with our partners, including the Environment Agency, to monitor both the weather and local rivers so that we can respond quickly to any incidents.

“We are also urging the public – particularly in communities which could be vulnerable to surface water flooding – to be prepared. More information on what to do before, during and after a flood can be found on the Environment Agency website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk”

Mike Dugher, Flood and Coastal Risk Management Manager at the Environment Agency, added: “Given the forecast, we are issuing flood alerts across the county.

“We have teams checking rivers and other watercourses across Lincolnshire for blockages which may increase the risk of flooding.

“We are also checking infrastructure such as pumping stations to make sure we can respond quickly when required.

“However, flooding can still happen so we urge people to find out if they are at risk of flooding and take steps to make sure they keep themselves and their families safe.

“They should keep an eye on the local forecast, check on vulnerable neighbours and not take risks such as walking or driving through flood water.

“People can also take simple actions, such as moving treasured items such as photos to a safe place,” he added.