New flood warning system

A NEW flood warning system has prompted assurances that the risk of such disaster in South Holland has not increased.

Properties in the district have been signed up to the new telephone-based operation devised to target residents more effectively and to significantly improve the increasingly ineffective flood warning siren system.

The district council says that the new system does not mean there is any increased threat of flooding.

The council has been working with its partners, the Environment Agency, Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Police, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and the Internal Drainage Boards on the Lincolnshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF).

The LRF is currently running its ‘We’re prepared for coastal flooding in Lincolnshire, are you?’ campaign which urges people to take action to reduce their risk of flooding.

The campaign encourages communities to work together to produce a community emergency and flood plan.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, said: “It is a significant improvement on a system that has served us well over many years, but one that has not been able to keep up with the strong growth our district has enjoyed in recent years.”

Planning defences and other measures reduce the risk of flooding but are unable to prevent it in all circumstances and individuals and communities need to act to reduce their own risk.

For further information visit www.lincolnshireprepared.co.uk