Showers forecast as Lincoln flood warning and alerts remain in place

Seven flood warnings and alerts have been put in place as this week’s rainfall continues to affect Lincoln and the surrounding areas.

Persistent rain and flooding has impacted homes, businesses and travel in the Lincoln area in recent weeks. On Thursday, a Lincoln villager described the horrifying moment lightning struck his bungalow, blowing through the roof and smashing glass – all while he was inside.

According to the Met Office, light showers are forecast on Friday, November 15 and then it will change to cloudy weather in the afternoon. The weekend is looks set to be cloudy, with some light rain forecast on Sunday afternoon.

The weather is also affecting some trains in the area, with journeys between Sheffield and Gainsborough/Lincoln running at reduced speeds and there is a chance of some cancellations.

The Environment Agency said another 10mm of rain fell overnight and Ancholme and Lower Witham is still running high. Staff are monitoring the area.

Road closures

The heavy rainfall has caused a number of road closures. Below is the current list of closures from Lincolnshire County Council:

  • Stow Road, Sturton By Stow
  • Flooding under bridge on Sand Lane between Barkston and Marston
  • Arlington Road, Sedgebrook
  • Westborough Road, Long Bennington
  • B1176 Swinstead Road, Creeton, Grantham
  • North Street, Middle Rasen
  • Short Ferry Road, Stainfield near Bardney
  • Stone Lane, Sutterton
  • Bloxholme Lane / Dunston Heath Lane, Metheringham Fen
  • Footway under Wigford Way, Lincoln
  • Dark Lane, Bitchfield
  • Beck Street Digby
  • A46 Holton Le Moore (at railway crossing)
  • A156 Knaith
  • Bloxholme Lane / Dunston Heath Lane, Metheringham Fen

Flood warnings & alerts

According to the Government’s flood information service, a flood warning is in place for the River Witham and associated Fens from Washingborough to Metheringham.

A flood warning means that flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

The warning states that river levels remain high in the River Witham and Fens, with low lying properties near the river most at risk. Staff are out in the area and are closely monitoring the situation.

Photo: Flood information service

In addition, six flood alerts affecting Lincoln are in place, so flooding is possible in the following areas:

      • Barlings Eau and Duckpool Catchwater
      • Fossdyke Canal and River Till
      • Lincoln Watercourses
      • Lower River Witham
      • Minor Watercourses in North Kesteven
      • Witham in North Kesteven

Weather forecast

Lincoln weather forecast for Friday, November 15. Photo: Met Office

Lincoln weather forecast for Saturday, November 16. Photo: Met Office

Lincoln weather forecast for Sunday, November 17. Photo: Met Office

Travel news

There are currently train delays and cancellations across part of South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Humberside due to flooding at Kiveton Bridge and Kirk Sandall.

According to Northern, the following routes including Lincolnshire are affected:

      • Sheffield-Gainsborough/Lincoln – services are now running again but at reduced speeds, with delays and cancellations likely
      • Doncaster-Scunthorpe – services will run via Skellow and will not call at Kirk Sandall

Check National Rail Enquiries and the train operator you are travelling with for the latest travel updates.

Also follow Lincolnshire Police’s force control room on Twitter @FCR_Lincs for information regarding incidents and road closures.

Farmers in Lincoln left stranded by floods are demanding to know when the Environment Agency will fix the nearby breached river.

The heavy rain has also taken its toll on a local equine welfare charity. Over £4,500 has so far been raised as Bransby Horses near Lincoln tries to rebuild from devastating flooding, which forced them to evacuate over 100 animals.