Heavy rain still expected
Communities in Lincolnshire are being advised to remain alert to the risk of flooding.
Flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency countywide.
Local authorities continue to monitor the situation and are fully prepared to respond quickly to any incidents.
David Powell, head of Lincolnshire's Joint Emergency Management Service, says:
"The rain which was originally forecast overnight has now reached the county and we are expecting heavy rain this morning across Lincolnshire. Surface water flooding is still possible, so we are asking people to remain vigilant.
"Residents should keep an eye on the local forecast and not take risks such as walking and driving through flood water. It is simply not possible to judge how deep the water is, or whether there are any missing manhole covers and hidden obstacles under water.
"Unless your home is in immediate danger of flooding, please do not contact your district council for sandbags. If your home has previously experienced any kind of flooding, do be vigilant and take appropriate precautionary steps. We have had several reports of individual properties being flooded across the county."
Heavy rain is forecast to fall this morning but should begin to clear by lunchtime, with showers forecast tomorrow and unsettled weather returning on Sunday.
Leigh Edlin, Operation Delivery Manager at the Environment Agency said: "Flood alerts are in place across the entire county which means that flooding is possible, so we are asking people to be prepared. We are working with our partners to monitor the situation, and we have teams out across the county checking rivers to make sure they are clear from obstructions.
"Our incident room will remain open, until the risk of flooding has passed but people can take steps to reduce the risk to themselves and their families. I would ask people to find out if they are at risk of flooding and take simple steps such as moving treasured items such as photos to a safe place.
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
What are we doing?
Local authorities including the police, fire and rescue, the county and district councils, highways, drainage boards and the Environment Agency are working together to monitor the situation and are fully prepared to respond quickly to any incidents.
A number of preventative measures are being carried out to mitigate the likelihood of further potential flooding, as well as lessen the impact if it does occur.
Police, fire and rescue, highways and local authority teams are working closely under the co-ordination of the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum to prepare and respond to flooding in the county.
We are working closely with the Environment Agency, Anglian Water and drainage boards to manage the water levels, keeping them low to try to ensure that they can cope with extra rain.
What can you do?
There are a number of things you can do to prepare for potential flooding. Firstly, it's important to keep up to date with the weather forecasts and be aware of how your community might be impacted.
Secondly, please follow our advice for before, during and after a flood:
In an emergency, dial 999
For the latest updates, tune into your local radio and TV stations or contact the Environment Agency's Floodline Warnings Direct:
- 0845 988 1188
- 0845 602 6340 (for Type Talk)
- Twitter @LincsOpsEA.
To report a flood, or if you need support dealing with one, contact your local district council who may be in a position to offer assistance.
- South Kesteven District Council: 01476 406080
- Boston Borough Council: 01205 360300
- North Kesteven District Council: 01529 308308 or 01522 699650
- City of Lincoln Council: 01522 881188
- East Lindsey District Council: 01507 601111
- West Lindsey District Council: 01427 676 676
- South Holland District Council: 01775 761161