2013 REVIEW: December - floods, double murder, Royal visit

December 11 front page wrap
December 11 front page wrap

Boston was hit by the biggest floods in living memory, affecting more than 900 properties and forcing some families to evacuate.

The Haven burst its banks on the evening of December 5 with water flowing through streets in the town flooding homes and businesses.

December front

December front

Even the Stump was affected with flood-waters reaching a foot high in places, and damaging a £20,000 sound system and submerging the cellars with water.

Following the devastation the community came together to help each other with a number of stories emerging and thanks for volunteers coming from all directions.

Groups and organisations were set up to help those affected.

Places such as Fenside Community Centre and the Fen Road Depot were set up to take donations of items to give to people.

Major operations were also set up to repair damaged flood defences and the proposed flood barrier was also discussed.

○ Following the events of the flood Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, who was set to visit the opening of a new community hub in town, also visited the Boston Stump.

○ Landlord Mehmet Ozen, 41, of Red Lion Street, Boston, was jailed for 27 years after being convicted of the double murder of Charlotte Piccaver and Darren Harwood, both 26.

He carried out the murders following a row over rent money.