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By David McKenna and Charlotte Wright

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  1. Flooding in Lincolnshire: Latest updates

    For live updates on flooding in Lincolnshire please click here:

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    Video caption: RAF Chinook helicopters use 270 tonnes of ballast to plug a gap in a Lincolnshire river.
  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A17 Lincolnshire both ways

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    A17 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, between Burton Road and B1394.

    A17 Lincolnshire - A17 in Asgarby blocked and it's heavy in both directions between the Burton Road junction and the B1394 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  4. In summary: Wainfleet floods

    We're wrapping up our live coverage of today's events in Wainfleet where scores of homes have been evacuated after the River Steeping burst its banks.

    Here are the latest headlines:

    • Around 70 homes in the town evacuated
    • RAF helicopters drop 100 tonnes of sand to block breach
    • Operation to shore-up River Steeping declared a "success"
    • Four flood warnings remain in force across the county
    • Emergency services remain in Wainfleet to support community
    • 132 people working on incident and three high volume pumps in use
    • Residents urged not to return home until told it is safe to do so
    • Boston-Skegness rail service suspended until at least Tuesday
    Birds eye view of flooded Wainfleet
  5. Defence secretary 'proud' of effort to combat floods

    Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt has paid tribute to the skill and hard work of the servicemen and women involved in efforts to plug a breach in the banks of the River Steeping:

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  6. Residents urged not to attempt to return to flooded homes

    Lincolnshire Police are advising those evacuated from their homes due to flooding in Wainfleet not to return until they are told it is safe:

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  7. In pictures: RAF Helicopter's combat Wainfleet floods

    Two RAF Chinooks and a support helicopter have spent the day dropping more than 100 tonnes of sand and ballast in an effort to plug a breach in the River steeping near Wainfleet:

    RAF Chinook
    RAF Chinook
    RAF Chinook
    RAF Chinook
    Sand bags in River Steeping
    RAF Chinook
  8. Flood gear goes to help storm-hit eastern counties

    The Environment Agency keeps some of the country's most powerful portable flood defences in Cumbria, but when the rain falls somewhere else, it goes where it is needed most.

    It has barely stopped raining for a week in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, and a burst dyke cause serious flooding in some areas.

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  9. Wainfleet flooding: RAF helicopter operation 'a success'

    A helicopter operation to stop water flooding out of a Lincolnshire river has been hailed a success.

    Helicopter dropping sand bags

    More than 100 tonnes of ballast and sand have been dropped into a breach in the River Steeping since it burst its banks on Wednesday, flooding scores of homes in nearby Wainfleet.

    Ian Reed, the Head of Emergency Planning in Lincolnshire, said: "We're confident that we are definitely seeing a change and, whilst water levels are not going to go down really quickly, it is helping and it's doing exactly what we wanted it to do.

    "So, that operation has been a success.

    "It's a temporary measure but it's doing what it set out to achieve."

    He said he hoped the operation would be completed by 18:00 this evening.

  10. Emergency services go 'above and beyond' in Wainfleet

    A couple from Wainfleet have been handing out food and drink to emergency workers tackling flooding in the town.

    Glen and Jane Bauckham

    Glen and Jane Bauckham have avoided the worst of the flooding but said they wanted to thank those who have been drafted in to help.

    Today they've been handing out food to firefighters who have been pumping water from their street.

    Mr Bauckham said: "We brought them coffee and toast and paracetamol, as some weren't feeling good.

    "The emergency services are doing their best and they're really good. It's really appreciated."

    Mrs Bauckham added: "We've never been in this situation before. I've been here most of my life and this hasn't happened before. It's brought the community together."

  11. RAF helicopters working to plug breach in River Steeping

    Three RAF helicopters have been drafted in to help plug a major breach of the River Steeping.

    More than 100 tonnes of ballast and sand have already been airlifted in to place and the work is expected to continue for several hours.

    This footage, from Lincolnshire Police Drones, shows one of the aircraft in action:

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    Video caption: RAF Chinook drops sand at River Steeping
  12. Wainfleet floods: 'Words can't describe it', say residents

    People living in Wainfleet have spoken of their "disbelief" and "exhaustion" after heavy rain flooded scores of properties in the town.

    People being rescued in boats

    Mark Baumber said he couldn't believe how quickly the water began to rise and how difficult it had been to watch as people were forced from their homes.

    He said: "To see people being evacuated past your doorway in boats, words can't describe it really, it's unbelievable."

    Meanwhile, Lauren Horne said she had been unable to sleep.

    She said: "I hear the sirens, I see the blue lights, I hear the helicopters, I hear the communication that everyone has.

    "It's exhausting, it's tiring, you don't sleep. I haven't slept since Wednesday; but you've just got to deal with it."

  13. Police insist only one breach of river

    Lincolnshire Police say there hasn't been a second breach of the River Steeping at Wainfleet despite some reports.

    Earlier, police drones were circling above the river bank to assess the situation.

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    Meanwhile, dozens of homes have been evacuated, other properties are without electricity and five flood warnings remain in force.

  14. Community response to flooding 'overwhelming'

    Lincolnshire County Council say they have been "overwhelmed" by offers of support in response to the flooding in Wainfleet.

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    Among those to have stepped in to help were Lincoln City Football Club who treated more than 50 members of staff working through the night at the emergency response centre, which backs on to the club's Sincil Bank ground, to sausage and chips.

  15. Comfort food arrives in Wainfleet for flood-hit residents

    Serious flooding in Wainfleet has sparked a string of offers of help for people affected/

    Rafal Dzewiecki

    Rafal Dzewiecki, a butcher from Skegness, has arrived in the town to hand out free baps.