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Flood warnings and alerts continue across Lincolnshire

A weather warning is in place for Thursday

Over 30 flood warnings and alerts affecting Lincolnshire remain in place on Tuesday morning, with heavy rain forecast in a number of areas of the county.

According to the Met Office, spells of heavy rain are forecast in areas including Alford, Wainfleet, Skegness, Grimsby and Scunthorpe on Tuesday.

The Met Office has also issued a yellow warning for rain, which will be in place between midnight and 11.45pm on Thursday, November 14 as a risk of further heavy rain may increase disruption from flooding.

Flood warnings & alerts

Ten flood warnings affecting Lincolnshire are currently in place at the time of writing.

This means flooding is expected and immediate action is required in the following areas:

  • Low Barlings and the Short Ferry Area
  • Patrington Haven on Winestead Drain
  • River Don at Moorends and Thorne
  • River Idle at Retford, Eaton and Gamston
  • River Idle at West Retford and Ordsall
  • River Trent at Carlton on Trent including Beck Cottage
  • River Witham and associated Fens from Chapel Hill to Boston
  • River Witham and associated Fens from Washingborough to Metheringham
  • River Witham and associated Fens from Woodhall Spa to Chapel Hill
  • Waithe Beck in the Hatcliffe Area

Hundreds of horses, donkeys, ponies, and mules are at risk at a rescue centre near Lincoln after they were hit by floods.

Several flood warnings and alerts are currently in place affecting Lincolnshire. Photo: Flood information service

The River Eau burst its banks flooding Short Ferry near Lincoln last week and the Environment Agency said it will be several days before water levels fall there.

23 flood alerts affecting Lincolnshire are also in place, meaning flooding is possible and to be prepared in the following areas:

  • Bain Catchment
  • Barlings Eau and Duckpool Catchwater
  • Burstwick and Keyingham Drains
  • Fossdyke Canal and River Till
  • Groundwater flooding south of the Humber Estuary
  • Holderness Drain
  • Lincoln Watercourses
  • Louth Canal and Waithe Beck
  • Lower River Ancholme
  • Lower River Derwent
  • Lower River Witham
  • Minor Watercourses in North Kesteven
  • Rase and Upper Ancholme
  • River Foulness and Market Weighton catchment
  • River Idle in Nottinghamshire
  • River Maun in Nottinghamshire
  • River Steeping
  • River Trent from Cromwell Weir to Gainsborough
  • River Trent in Nottinghamshire
  • River Wreake in Leicestershire
  • South East Holderness
  • River Ouse, Don and the Dutch River catchment
  • Witham in North Kesteven

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Duran Duran’s latest music video ‘Anniversary’ was filmed in Grantham’s Belvoir Castle and features lookalikes including the Queen Elizabeth II, George Clooney and a bare-chested Vladimir Putin.

The music video released earlier this month marks the band’s 40th anniversary and was directed by BAFTA winner Alison Jackson.

A George Clooney lookalike slides down the banisters in the video, which was shot over three days. It features other lookalikes including Elton John, Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, Brad Pitt, Stormzy, and even four posing as the band in their 1980s heyday.

Belvoir Castle in Grantham hosted the filming of Duran Duran’s latest music video. | Photo: Duran Duran

Anniversary features on Duran Duran’s newest album Future Past, which was released on October 22 this year.

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney has defended his decision to vote against legal duties being placed on water companies in an Environmental Bill amendment, and accused people on social media of spreading “pathetic” and “deliberate misinformation” without knowing the facts.

It comes after a proposal from the Lords to change the Environmental Bill and place harsher legal sanctions on water companies in an attempt to reduce discharges was rejected by MPs last week.

The vote was met with uproar on social media, with many accusing he government of turning a blind eye to companies discharging raw sewage into rivers across the country.

But the government said that safeguards already exist to crack down on sewage discharge from water companies, while some members of parliament said the amendment could have cost up to £600 billion if it was passed.

One of the 265 MPs to vote against the sanctions was Lincoln’s Conservative member Karl McCartney, who has issued a detailed statement to The Lincolnite in response to the online uproar.

Mr McCartney claims that much of what has been posted online is sensationalised and puts “fiction before facts”, stating that the opposition to the amendment has no correlation to the “scaremongering” claims of allowing sewage to be dumped in rivers.

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney. | Photo: Daniel Jaines

Karl McCartney told The Lincolnite: “Over the past week, a small number of constituents have written to me or in the main put divisive social media posts up about my vote last week on amendment 45 of the Environment Bill.

“There has been a lot of deliberate misinformation on this, especially from those who wish to put fiction before facts on everything that I do. They still cannot accept that I am their Conservative member of parliament, and unlike my predecessors, I always put Lincoln first. It is important to put the record straight. 

“I have always supported the new Environment Bill and it is an excellent piece of legislation from the Conservative government. Rather than the misinformation that has been posted about, or sent, to me, it tightens up environmental regulation, not least the Water Industry Act of 1991.

“It is a total nonsense to say I ‘voted to allow raw sewage to pollute our wildlife, our sports fields and our food’, which is what people have actually posted on social media over the last few days. If only they looked at the facts for themselves rather than idly retweet what they have been sent. 

“Given how much I care about the environment, as I have always supported the need to ensure the River Witham and Brayford Pool are cleaner, alongside my concern for animal welfare, this deliberate political scaremongering by those who created the recent campaign is pathetic. 

“The Environmental Bill has many strengths and continues to make rapid progress through Parliament. It will instigate real change and leave a lasting legacy.

“Amongst other things, it places a new duty on the UK government to produce a statutory plan to reduce discharges from overflows by September 2022, a new duty on water companies and the Environmental Agency to publish data on storm overflow operations on an annual basis and a further duty on government to produce a report on what is needed to eliminate storm overflow in England, and the costs and benefits of such action.

“It places an obligation on water companies to publish information (within one hour) of the commencement of an overflow, its location and when it ceases, a further duty on water companies to continuously monitor water quality upstream and downstream.

“It also mandates water companies to produce comprehensive statutory Drainage and Sewerage Management Plans setting out how the company will manage and develop its drainage and sewerage system over a minimum 25-year planning horizon.

“The statutory intent here could not be clearer and none of these measures are indicative of any plan to pump raw sewage into rivers!”

The Lincoln MP goes into more detail about his reasons behind the vote, as he continues: “In respect of amendment 45 from the House of Lords, this is slightly more complex, but I am happy to explain my logic if readers will bear with me.

“Contrary to perception, the House of Commons actually adopted most of its recommendations, albeit with the exception of lines 7 to 14 on storm overflows.

“The reason is that this would have effectively set a specific timeline for infrastructure works which would have been well beyond the ability of the government, Environment Agency and water companies to implement.

“Current cost estimates on the elimination of storm sewerage overflows range from between £150 billion to £660 billion so it would have been utterly irresponsible to mandate a fixed timeline of work and against unknown cost estimates, without understanding the full impact of doing so.

“Had this amendment not been voted down, then much of the cost of delivering this work would have fallen immediately upon Lincoln’s taxpayers and placed an unacceptable legal and financial burden on already stretched families in the constituency I have the honour and privilege to represent.

“Like most of my colleagues, I was not willing to write a blank cheque for this against an impossible timeline and it would have been irresponsible to do so, hence I voted the way I did.

“I was also not prepared to ignore the serious financial consequences for the consumer.  The simple fact here is that the government is already tabling the most progressive, ambitious and environmentally friendly legislation of a generation and the bill is taking serious steps to address the harm caused by storm overflows.

“As it stands, water companies are already investing £7.1 billion on environmental improvements across England between 2020-25, of which £3.1 billion will be invested directly into storm overflow improvements.

“Once the government’s water quality enquiry is published in 2022, the water regulator OFWAT will be further incentivised to significantly reduce the frequency and volume of sewage discharges from storm overflows, to the point where it will be mandated in law.”

Mr McCartney rounded off his statement by speaking about his keen interest in protecting the environment as well as doing what is best for the people he represents.

“I hope this information is useful and reassures you that effective action is being taken to address storm overflows.

“As the MP for Lincoln, I am well used to misrepresentation in the local press and on social media but on this, it was important for me to address the clear lack of context in this case and to underscore the wider merits of the Environment Bill. 

“As someone who loves the environment, and the beautiful city I first began to represent in May 2010, I hope that this statement makes clear my desire to protect our rivers, waterways, lakes and coastline.”

There have been new 570 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Greater Lincolnshire on Tuesday, as the government said it’s “too early” to draw conclusions from a recent fall in cases nationally

The Greater Lincolnshire case figure is almost 11.49% down on the 644 cases on last Tuesday.

Meanwhile, after cases fell for the fourth day in a row on Monday, government advisors said it was too early to say whether COVID was levelling off, or is about to start dropping off.

The latest COVID stats for Lincolnshire are:

  • 570 new cases of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire with 420 in Lincolnshire, 94 in North East Lincolnshire and 56 in North Lincolnshire
  • Two further deaths were recorded in the government figures including one Lincolnshire and one North Lincolnshire resident
  • No further deaths were recorded in Greater Lincolnshire Hospitals

The Prime Minister’s spokesman today said it had been “encouraging” to see recent reductions in COVID infection rates, including a levelling off of admissions to hospital.

However, he added: “It’s too early to draw full conclusions from the case rates and we would continue to urge the public to abide by the guidance as set out and those eligible to get booster doses.

“Prevalence remains relatively high even if it has dropped off to a certain extent,” they added.

The government line continues to be that bringing in Plan B restrictions – which include making masks mandatory in some public places, compulsory COVID passports and advising people to work from home – was not in sight in the current data.

Scientific advisors today have also been saying the government should stop testing pupils without symptoms.

Prof Andrew Pollard, the head of the Oxford Vaccine Group, told the Commons Science and Technology Committee that widespread testing in schools was “very disruptive” due to isolations and families taking children out of school.

“I think probably we need to move in the pandemic, over this winter, maybe towards the end of the winter to a completely different system of clinically-driven testing,” he said.

“In other words, testing people who are unwell rather than having regular testing of those people who are well.”

He also told MPs the UK’s “very high” number of coronavirus cases was “partly because of our very high test rate” and the “vast majority” of ICU patients in the UK were unvaccinated.

Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Tuesday, October 26

134,401 cases (up 570)

  • 89,493 in Lincolnshire (up 420)
  • 21,914 in North Lincolnshire (up 56)
  • 22,994 in North East Lincolnshire (up 94)

2,392 deaths (up two)

  • 1,747 from Lincolnshire (up one)
  • 329 from North Lincolnshire (up one)
  • 316 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 1,439 hospital deaths (no change)

  • 885 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
  • 44 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 509 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)

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