October 2, 2019 9.47 am This story is over 32 months old

Homes flooded as Lincolnshire waterways buckle

Flood alerts and warnings continue

A number of homes in Ruskington near Sleaford have been flooded after days of heavy rain in the county.

Firefighters were called to Westcliffe Road in the town on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 1, were the waterway behind a row of houses had breached and flooded properties.

It is understood that the occupants have been moved to alternative accommodation while firefighters work to pump water from the site.

Photo: Lincolnshire Police Drones

A Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “Three crews from Sleaford, Metheringham and Billinghay used manpower and equipment including light portable pumps, on Westcliffe Road in Ruskington yesterday.

“Relief crews were in attendance overnight, but all crews have now left the scene.

“Fire crews were pumping water from the rear of eight properties, two of which had floodwater entering inside the houses.”

Emergency services have dealt with blocked roads, collisions and breached river banks across Lincolnshire in the last few days.

Police have warned drivers to take extra car on the roads and not to attempt to cross closed routes.

There have been warnings in place from the Environment Agency in Boston and Gainsborough and police have asked people to avoid Westcliffe Road in Ruskington, Station Road in Potterhanworth and the A153, where the Billinghay Skirth was spilling into the carriageway.

Yesterday, while the high tides passed by without incident in Boston, a local school evacuated its students due to a flood warning. It appears however the call to evacuate was fake.

Station Road in Potterhanworth has been closed underneath the railway bridge for days, but despite the warnings, a few have been caught out while attempting to cross the deep water.

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Despite photos of stranded cars going viral on social media, a van was spotted submerged in the floods.

Current Lincolnshire flood alerts

Flood warnings – Flooding is expected, immediate action required

  • River Trent at Beckingham Marsh, Gainsborough

Flood alerts – Flooding is possible, be prepared

  • River Trent from Cromwell Weir to Gainsborough
  • Rase and Upper Ancholme
  • Lincoln Watercourse
  • Witham in North Kesteven
  • Minor Watercourses in North Kesteven
  • Lower River Witham
  • East and West Fens
  • Areas near the tidal River Witham, the Haven, and the Wash frontage
  • Minor Watercourses of South Forty Foot Drain
  • East and West Glens

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