- RAF called in to bolster breach in River Steeping
- State of emergency declared due to flooding in Wainfleet
- Flood warnings remain in place for Lincolnshire
- About 100 properties affected by flooding across Lincolnshire
- River Steeping breaks its banks at Thorpe St Peter
- Several roads in Lincolnshire closed due excess surface water
- Sandbags handed out to at-risk homeowners in Holbeach
- Flooding 'worst in 40 years' - Wainfleet resident
- 'Be a good neighbour' - Lincolnshire flooding advice
- Live updates on Thursday 13 June 2019
An RAF Chinook Helicopter has arrived at River Steeping in Wainfleet. The crew are assessing whether it can drop ballast to block a huge breach in the river bank.
The team at Radio Lincolnshire are providing more coverage of the operation at Wainfleet.
They are on air with a special programme until midnight bringing you all the latest updates from the scene.
Stay safe and we will bring you more updates online from around 06:30 on Friday morning.
Lincolnshire Police have said they expect the helicopter operation to strengthen the banks of the River Steeping to go on into the night.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West asked residents in Wainfleet to remain in their homes if they have not been evacuated to ensure the RAF could go about their work.
He added: "It’s going to take some time so I apologise for the sound of helicopters through the night"
"Frankly without the support of Fire and Rescue and without the support of Royal Air Force we would struggle to otherwise find a fix for this and return Wainfleet to where it needs to be."
The advice from Lincolnshire Police is to take all members of your family with you if you have been advised to leave your home because of the risk of flooding.Copyright: BBCQuote Message: Please take pets with you, the rest centre at Skegness can accommodate those, already I’m hearing about a bird, a cat and a dog so again they will be in good company. The prospect of returning tonight will be a difficult one so please take essential items so that you can carry on with your lives. from Temp Asst Ch Cons Shaun West Lincolnshire Police
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Lincolnshire Police's Shaun West has explained to viewers of Look North what's happening in the operation in Wainfleet.
Temp Asst Ch Cons West said there were two approaches being taken with the first being the "phased evacuation" of three streets.
He also explained the second approach, which is the RAF dropping bags of ballast to stem the water in the area where the River Steeping burst its banks.
This drone footage from Chris Dower shows the scale of the water around Wainfleet.
These images show the scale of flooding around Wainfleet.
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Lincolnshire Partnership NHS have shared a helpful guide on how to stay safe when near or in flood water.Copyright: NHS
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I'm in Wainfleet speaking to people and seeing how the emergency services are battling against the flood waters.
You can see below residents, complete with cat, being moved from a flooded area to drier land.
The Royal Air Force has been called in to help shore up the River Steeping in Wainfleet and a state of emergency has been declared after a breach was discovered in the river bank.Copyright: BBC
Shaun West, chair of the local resilience forum, told BBC Radio Lincolnshire RAF helicopters were being drafted in to drop sand and ballast to "try and bolster the breach".
He said homes on three roads in the town - Matt Pitts Lane, Brewster Lane and Hastings Drive - are being evacuated with residents being sent to rest centres set up at the Coronation Hall, in Wainfleet, and the Embassy Centre in Skegness.
"What's caused us to declare that state of emergency is we've discovered a breach in the bank of the River Steeping and we are unable to quickly stem the flow of that water, which obviously presents a risk to those residents and communities within immediate proximity," he said
He said across the county about 100 properties had been flooded.Copyright: BBCCopyright: BBC
Flooding in Lincolnshire has been declared a 'major incident' by emergency services.Copyright: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Teams from the county's fire and rescue are currently moving a number of residents away from their homes in Wainfleet, near Skegness, and Lincolnshire Police is stepping up it's presence in the area.
However, the weather forecast for tonight and the coming days suggests the worst of the rain has already passed.
Despite that, Deborah Campbell from the Environment Agency says it will take a while for water levels to subside.
"We're expecting another 15mm of rain to fall so we're monitoring that closely and working with Met Office and the forecasts that come through to us. We anticipate there may be a slight increase in levels and we don't anticipate seeing a quick reduction in levels, certainly not for the next 24 or 48 hours."
There are seven flooding warnings and 16 alerts in place throughout Lincolnshire.Copyright: GOV.UK
Flood warnings - where flooding is expected - remain in place in:
- Areas near the East and West Fen Catchwater and the Maud Foster Drain
- Great Steeping and Firsby
- Properties and villages near the Great Eau, Long Eau and Woldgrift Drain
- Pollution drain in the Covenham St Mary's area
- River Bain and Haltham Beck in Haltham and Kirkby on Bain
- River Steeping in Wainfleet All Saints
- River Waring immediately upstream of Stanhope Road
Heavy rain has brought flooding to parts of Lincolnshire, with more than twice the average monthly amount of rain falling in two days:
There are still seven flood warnings and 16 flood alerts in place across the county:Copyright: Sue PowellCopyright: @deankirk70Copyright: ARCopyright: National TrustCopyright: East Midlands Trains
A couple in Holbeach have rigged up a pump to try and protect their property from flood water.Copyright: BBC
Lauren and Darren Barnes have dug trenches and used hose pipes to divert water away from their home and garden and neighbours' gardens.
Ms Barnes said: "It's taken a lot of effort. We started on Tuesday night trying to dig really deep holes.
"Yesterday, my father-in-law came over and he was in the army and thought about trenches. So we started digging different trenches and different channels to encourage the water to go down.
"We've manage to get people we don't even know to donate hoses so we can extend it far enough away from the house to keep the water at bay. It seems so far to be working."
She said they woke up on Tuesday to flooding in the garden and have been battling to keep the water at bay since.
Her biggest concern now is contaminated water - she said she had found human faeces in the garden and the conservatory.
The railway line between Boston and Skegness is now severely flooded at Thorpe Culvert.
Staff are monitoring the water levels in the surrounding area, according to East Midlands Trains:
Sandbags are currently being given out to people in Holbeach at risk of flooding.
Council staff, police and the fire service are clearing water from Battlefields Lane.
People should not walk through standing water without adequate footwear, the council warns.
There have been some reports of sewage in some areas of South Holland:
Anglian Water is working with the Environment Agency and councils following heavy flooding across the county.
The company says it is working to make sure there are no blocked sewers and that its pumps are working as they should be:
An information centre has been set up in Wainfleet for people who have been affected by flooding.
The fire service, police and council are at Wainfleet Fire Station: