Clean up starts after flood headache

Firemen make a bus safe after it was blown over by high winds on the B1166 near Crowland.

Firemen make a bus safe after it was blown over by high winds on the B1166 near Crowland.

Homes and businesses in South Holland and other parts of Lincolnshire are returning to normal after the worst storm surge seen for 60 years.

Fallen trees, power cables and flooding led to road closures in Spalding, Long Sutton, Gedney Drove End, Sutton St James, Kirton and Wyberton on Thursday and Friday.

But the most serious incident happened near Crowland where high winds caused a double decker bus to topple over, ending up on its side near a riverbank.

The “freak accident” involved a double decker bus from Fowler’s Coaches of Holbeach Drove which was on its way to collect students from The Deepings School, Deeping St James, when it blown over at about 3pm on Thursday.

Andrew Fowler, the bus firm’s owner, said: “We had a double decker bus that went off the road while travelling to collect some children from school.

“The bus was empty at the time and the driver involved has nearly 40 years’ experience of driving buses.

“It was a freak accident and I spoke to the driver who was fine.”

Elsewhere, about 200 families in Wyberton residents were advised to evacuate their homes after a breach in the area’s flood defence was found on Friday.

Buses were hired to help people move away from the area and evacuation measures because of floow warnings in and around Boston led to the closure of Middlecott School, Kirton, on Friday.

Chief Inspector Paul Timmins of Lincolnshire Police said: “I am pleased to say there is no predicted further threat of flooding, but I am sure the impact on those affected will be felt for weeks and months to come.”




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