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By David McKenna and Charlotte Wright

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  1. River Steeping breech op 'quarter completed'

    Work to stem the flow of water at a breach in the River Steeping in Wainfleet is currently about a "quarter completed", according to the fire service.

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    Video caption: RAF helicopter assessing whether it can drop ballast to block a breach in the river bank.

    An RAF Chinook helicopter has been used to help the operation carrying ballast and sandbags to the site - an operation which carried on into the night.

    Karl Foxall, watch manager with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "That's going to commence again at 09:00 this morning.

    "The water levels currently haven't changed but we have brought in four high-volume pumps and they're currently at Gibraltar Point."

    The equivalent of two months' rain had fallen in the area in two days, according to Lincolnshire County Council.

  2. 'Two months of rain in two days' for Wainfleet

    Flood-hit Wainfleet, near Skegness, has had two months of rain in just two days, according to Lincolnshire County Council.

    Flooding in Wainfleet

    Currently, about 70 properties have been affected by flooding in the town, with some being evacuated.

    The council said it was doing everything possible to keep residents safe.

  3. Operation continues to stem River Steeping breach

    The RAF and emergency services have worked through the night airlifting sandbags into place to block a breach in the River Steeping at Wainfleet.

    Helicopter taking off to take sandbags to Wainfleet

    Last night, a "major incident" was declared in the area after the river had earlier broken its banks.

    Aerial view of flooding around Wainfleet

    About 70 properties have been evacuated, with local residents moved to a rest centre at nearby Skegness for the night.

    Work is due to resume this morning on blocking the breach.

  4. Flood warnings remain in place in Lincolnshire

    Seven flood warnings remain in place for parts of Lincolnshire.

    Rescue operation in Wainfleet

    This means flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

    The areas currently affected are:

  5. Lincolnshire flooding: What we know now

    Flooding

    With flooding continuing in parts of Lincolnshire this Friday morning, here's what we know now:

    • "Major incident" declared for Wainfleet last night after River Steeping burst banks
    • "Phased evacuation" of about 70 homes in the town
    • Rest centre for Wainfleet residents set up in nearby Skegness
    • RAF Chinook helicopters drop ballast overnight to try and block the breach
    • Seven flood warnings remain in place across Lincolnshire this morning
    • Weather forecasts suggest worst of the rain may have passed
    • Water levels will take some time to subside, Environment Agency warns