BOSTON FLOOD: Boston faces dealing with biggest flood in living memory

Haven flood by Tom Lee
Haven flood by Tom Lee

UPDATE: Boston is now dealing with the impact of the biggest floods in living memory - with many of the worst affected due to spend the night away from their homes.

Police say that about 250 people will be spending a night in an ‘evacuation centre’, where they will stay for 12 to 18 hours. 21 have arrived so far with another 230 en route.

Flood sign

Flood sign

Damage to Boston’s flood defences is being evaluated and a police helicopter is surveying the aftermath of the flood.

A spokesman added: “There has been one reported casualty which is a person who suffered an asthma attack.

“The high tide on Friday morning is expected at 8.06am and is likely to be 70cms lower than tonight’s high tide.

“Pumps are currently in place on John Adams Way, Norfolk Street.”

9.30pmBy about 7pm this evening the Haven burst its banks flooding streets throughout the town centre – with many people evacuated to the PRSA or urged to stay upstairs away from the water.

The water flowed through Church Street, Wormgate, West Street and Boston Bus Station.

The PRSA itself is now being evacuated as it too is on a flood plain, although there is not thought to be an immediate danger at this stage. The people there are being taken to Caythorpe College and the Prince William of Gloucester barracks in Grantham to stay overnight.

Alan King, of Kings of Stickney, was one of the bus drivers helping to transport people.

He told The Standard: “The council called us at 3pm and asked us if we had any buses available to take people to Caythorpen and different venues so we answered the call.

“One of our buses has already gone to Caythorpe and we will be here until we are needed.

“This goes to show people can come together.”

7pm: People in Boston are being urged to stay safe as floods are now hitting the town - with the River Haven bursting its banks.

The water has poured over the side of the banks of the river in the centre of the town and reached the Len Medlock Centre, with water running over the walls into the streets around The Standard’s office.

The council offices in West Street have also flooded as water reaches the highest levels in living memory. Reports suggest John Adams Way is also flooded, making it difficult to pass through the town centre.

Vulnerable people are being evacuated to the Princess Royal Sports Arena to avoid the flood and resaidents urged to stay upstairs. Buses are leaving from Asda, and Wide Bargate to take people to the PRSA.

A police spokesman said: “There is life-threatening risk to residents in certain parts of Boston. Flooding has already been reported in some streets in Boston as the Haven has risen substantially.”

High Street, Fydell Cresent, Bank Street are all now closed.

The spokesman added: “If you live in the affected areas, you are at considerable risk. Please move to a place of safety immediately.

“We’ve had reports of some people ignoring the advice of the emergency services on the ground and venturing out to take pictures etc. This is very dangerous. Please remain where you are safe.”

Editor Stephen Stray is at the PRSA where elderly people and young families arriving. People are being moved over to Caythorpe College and the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks to stay overnight.

He said: “Despite the clear devastation that’s occuring in the town and in many people’s homes it’s clear to see that at such times communities can come together to ensure that everybody is safe and taken care of.

“The British Red Cross and police are doing a fantastic job from what I can see.”

Edith Wesley, who is running the British Red Cross operation at the PRSA, said there role is to ‘triage’ people arriving at the centre.

Klaudia Kowalczyk, of Wormgate, is at the PRSA with her 13 month old daughter.

She said: “I didn’t know it was so serious. I got message on my phone that said there would be floodinghere. Also I had a piece of paper through the door.

“A policeman then came to say there could be two to three metres coming over.

“I am just waiting here. I would like to get home but I can’t.”