Flooding alert after tyre dumping in Lincolnshire river

The Environment Agency has appealed for help after 150 used car tyres were dumped in a Lincolnshire river.

Agency officials were called out on Monday evening after a member of the public reported the tyres in the Swaton Eau, near Swaton village.

The agency said the tyres were blocking the river channel and threatened to flood the village as well as the A52 between Grantham and Boston.

A spokesman said whoever dumped the tyres acted "extremely irresponsibly".

Emergency response

Adam Robinson, of the Environment Agency, said: "Their actions could have caused misery to homeowners and a hazard for drivers.

"Luckily, this blockage was reported before it caused any real problems and our quick emergency response prevented this incident escalating.

"Fly-tipping incidents are something we see all too often and any rubbish within a watercourse has the potential to cause a blockage and increase the risk of flooding.

"We would therefore urge anyone who sees anything they believe may be a flood risk to contact us."

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites