England flooding: Major incident as river breaches bank

Written by on June 13, 2019

Homes have been evacuated and a major incident declared as flood waters breached a river bank in Lincolnshire.

Three streets have been cleared with about 100 people moved from their homes at Wainfleet All Saints.

The River Steeping has burst its banks and the RAF has been asked to help plug the breach as the county council said it presented a “risk to residents”.

Elsewhere rail and road travel has been hit by the weather and there are numerous flood warnings in place.

Lincolnshire County Council issued guidance to residents in Wainfleet which included advice on not using domestic toilets as this would add “pressure to the system”.

The Environment Agency has issued dozens of flood warning and alerts across the country.

The majority were across the Midlands and North West, although they extended as far as Northumberland and Christchurch in Dorset.

The River Steeping also burst its banks at Thorpe St Peter near Skegness, Lincolnshire, on Wednesday night.

Jean Hart, who has lived in the town for 40 years, said it was the worst flooding she had ever seen.

“To see our house underwater is absolutely horrendous,” she said.

Emergency services have said they will rescue her tortoise Mr T from her home, while she has already been reunited with her cat Aurora.

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</figure>Rail services between Skegness and Boston have been suspended until Saturday due to flooding, while Merseyrail has cancelled some trains on the Chester and Ellesmere Port lines because of water on the tracks at Hooton.

The company said journeys “could be significantly longer” and has launched an amended timetable with replacement buses.

Standing water is also causing problems on many North West roads, including the M53.

Health bosses are warning people heading to Arrowe Park Hospital to avoid using junction 3 of the motorway.

Motorists including a minibus of Indian tourists became trapped at Lambley, near Nottingham, overnight and were taken in by local residents.

Resident Malcolm Bamford said: “We had two in our house and the neighbours had three, and then there was a group of about eight Indian tourists in a little tiny bus and they all wanted to use the toilet.

“At one time we had about a dozen people in my little bungalow.”

In Derby, Oakwood Infant and Nursery school was closed on Thursday and will remain closed on Friday because of flood damage.

Trains were also expected to be disrupted all day between Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

National Rail Enquiries said heavy rain had flooded the tracks between Whitlocks End, near Solihull, and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Chillingham in Northumberland saw nearly 10mm of rainfall in the space of an hour on Thursday morning, the Met Office said.

The village had 73mm of rainfall over a 28-hour period – more than the 66.4mm average for the whole of June.

Elsewhere, Waddington in Lincolnshire saw nearly 40mm fall over a period of 14 hours, while over the same period Coleshill in Warwickshire had 30mm fall and 31mm was seen at Astwood Bank, Worcestershire.

Dave Throup from the Environment Agency said he thought Shropshire and Lincolnshire were the areas that received the most rain.

“I think between four and six inches has fallen in parts of Shropshire and certainly at least two inches, 50mm generally,” he said.

Updates from the Cannock Chase Radio News Desk via BBC Birmingham and Black Country

From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48620405

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