Don’t be left in the dark over coastal flooding

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Be flood aware

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Lincolnshire County Council and the Environment Agency are warning people who live in flood risk areas that ‘floods destroy’ and to sign up for warnings.

Today (December 5) marks the two year anniversary of the devastating tidal surge in Boston, and along the east coast, including the Humber estuary.

As part of their annual ‘Floods destroy – be prepared’ campaign, the authorities are urging people to protect their homes and businesses.

The campaign asks people to sign up to receive free flood warnings from the Environment Agency and make a flood plan to protect their home.

David Powell, head of emergency planning for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “These floods were devastating and traumatic for hundreds of people, especially those that had to leave their homes.

“In Lincolnshire over 110,000 properties are at risk of coastal flooding and only 14% of these have registered for flood warnings.

“Please sign up for this free service as if this happens again, we want you to have time to prepare, protect your home and evacuate if the emergency services advise.

“Although in severe circumstances we would setup evacuation centres for those who need temporary accommodation, it is worth considering if you could stay with family or friends.”

Rachael McMahon, flood resilience advisor at the Environment Agency, added: “We urge people to check their flood risk and sign up for our free flood warning service so they have as much advance notice as of potential flooding. It’s fast, easy, and will mean you can choose your preferred method of receiving warnings – whether via phone call, email or text.

“We also advise people to prepare in advance for flooding – for example, by making personal flood plans for their homes, which contain information like utility company phone numbers, insurance details and what to put in a flood kit in case you need to leave their home.”

Since the surge, the Environment Agency has invested £13m of government grant-in-aid to repair more than 100 storm-damaged flood defence assets on the Humber, Lincolnshire coast and the Wash.

In the next six years, the Agency will put another £128m of government grant-in-aid funding into improving coastal flood defences and reducing the risk to more than 41,000 households – an investment that will benefit the environment, businesses, agriculture and the economy.

To check if you live in a flood risk area, sign up for free flood warnings and create your own flood plan, please visit www.gov.uk/floodsdestroy or call 0345 988 1188.