Lincolnshire

Wainfleet flooding: More homes evacuated

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionThree RAF Chinook helicopters dropped 270 tonnes of ballast to fill a breach in the river bank

More homes are being evacuated following severe flooding in a Lincolnshire town.

Residents in 580 properties in and around Wainfleet will be moved amid concerns about flood defences along the River Steeping.

The Environment Agency said water levels remained high and a decision had been made to "evacuate the highest risk areas and the most vulnerable".

The town flooded on Wednesday after two months' worth of rain fell in two days.

The Environment Agency has described the situation as "unprecedented" after 132mm of rain fell between Monday and Wednesday.

Local MP Matt Warman said the town was "by no means out of the woods yet".

He said: "The Environment Agency is in the process of putting together two pumps that will start taking away some quantities of water", but he was unsure when they would be up and running.

The Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness praised the "incredible" multi-agency response to the flooding and offered "a huge thank you" to those involved.

Image copyright PA
Image caption The town of Wainfleet in Lincolnshire was flooded on Wednesday

Three RAF Chinook helicopters dropped 270 one-tonne bags of ballast to repair the bank on Friday.

However, City of Lincoln Council said the temporary repairs had started to deteriorate and the RAF had returned to "drop further ballast to shore up the repair".

Flood water was entering the Thorpe Culvert pumping station and the additional evacuations were a precautionary action as "there is a risk the pumping station may fail", Lincolnshire Police said.

The force has issued a list of about 140 postcodes in which homes could be affected.

It said residents should be prepared to be away from their homes "for around 48 hours" and asked people to move in with friends and family or attend a centre set-up at Richmond School in nearby Skegness.

So far, residents have been asked to evacuate 580 properties near the river, according to the council.

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionFlooding has disrupted large parts of England

Heavy rainfall affected large parts of England on Wednesday and Thursday with the Environment Agency issuing dozens of flood warnings.

The majority were across the Midlands and North West, but they extended as far as Northumberland and Christchurch in Dorset.

Passengers on a London to Nottingham train were stranded for eight hours in Corby on Thursday following a landslide.

Commuters were transferred to a second train which also became stuck due to flooding on the line.

Food and water ran out onboard and one woman collapsed.

Image copyright PA
Image caption Residents in Wainfleet were still being removed by fire crews on Friday
Image copyright Kurnia Aerial Photography
Image caption The RAF dropped 270 tonnes of ballast to fill a breach in the river bank

Have you been evacuated from your home? Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk

Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact us in the following ways:

Or use the form below:

Your contact details

If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures, video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions.

Terms and conditions

The BBC's Privacy Policy

More on this story

Related Internet links

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