Flash flooding causes chaos for over 30 homes and businesses in Skegness

TORRENTIAL bursts of rain left many homes and businesses flooded across Skegness last night with some still coping with the chaos today (Thursday).

Firefighters attended around 30 incidents after numerous emergency calls came in as the heavens opened around 4.30pm on Wednesday.

Appliances from across the area, including Alford, Louth Leverton, Spilsby and Wainfleet among others, rushed to the aid of flooded commercial and domestic properties spreading across the whole of Skegness.

Skegness Fire Station Manager, Steve Moore, speaking this morning, said: “The flooding was mostly in Skegness with some of the worst hit in Wainfleet Road, Albany Road and Close, Lyndhurst Avenue, Park Avenue, St Andrew’s Drive and many more.

“I attended 14 myself and we had to prioritise the places where water had entered homes and pump those out first. It seemed the heavy rain only lasted about 30-40 minutes and we are still getting calls out today because of it.

“The ground is saturated which is why there is a lot of standing water. It’s not been as bad as Horncastle but it’s the worst I’ve seen in Skegness really since 2007, when we had bad flooding then.”

Many residents in Skegness who commented on the Standard’s Facebook page said, their road was ‘like a river’ and another said it ‘lashed it down soon as they finished work’ and unluckily for them they had to ride home on a scooter in it ‘and the roads were like rivers!’.

East Lindsey District Council were seen driving around providing sandbags and more empty bags are still available from the town hall for people.

James Gilbert, Communications team leader for ELDC, said: There are still empty bags available from the town hall in Skegness, people can fill them with mud or sand.

“They’re too heavy to carry them around full but people could prepare themselves, if they think their home is at risk of flooding, by putting a few ready in their garage for example.”

And residents with flooding in their homes should be careful when dealing with the electricity added Fire Station Manager Steve Moore.He said: “If we could advise people who have flooding in the home to call out an electrician to check the electricity before switching it back on.”

- Has the flooding affected you? Let us know at the Skegness Standard by calling 01754 897120 and keep checking the website for more updates and news as it happens.