Spalding shoppers hit by flash flooding

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Shoppers in Spalding were caught out by flash flooding yesterday, which caused chaos across the town with roads and gardens affected.

Dramatic videos of cars driving through inches of water near the Sainsbury’s bus stop and of flooded roads in the Chestnut Avenue area were posted on Facebook, with other residents enjoying a trip to the coast commenting, “What rain, it’s sunny here!”

This picture was taken by Coun Gary Taylor half an hour after the storms hit in Spalding  yesterday. ANL-160626-084957001

This picture was taken by Coun Gary Taylor half an hour after the storms hit in Spalding yesterday. ANL-160626-084957001

Among those caught out was Coun Gary Taylor.

He said: “There were so many flooded roads and gardens for a brief period yesterday late Afternoon.

“I took a picture of Rembrandt Way, which was flooded, and also saw the Fire Brigade pumping water away from close to the Woolram Wygate school.

“There was a dramatic video on Facebook of the Chestnut Avenue area, where a mate was driving a car through water which looked like a river.

I don’t think it was expected, as it was warm, bright and sunny and then within minutes the sky was black and the storm was on top of us

Coun Gary Taylor

“I didn’t know about the bus stop near Sainsbury’s, but I’m not surprised as there were two major thunder storms for about an hour, so drains could clearly not cope with that amount of rainfall.

“I don’t think it was expected, as it was warm, bright and sunny and then within minutes the sky was black and the storm was on top of us.

“By early evening it brightened up and the flooded areas were soaking away. “

This was the second time the area had been hit by flash flooding in the past week. On Friday, June 17, we reported Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue attending 26 incidents of flooding around Spalding and Kirton.

Kirton was the worst affected area with crews from Kirton and Boston attending incidents on Willington Road, Church Lane, Station Road, High Street and Penny Gardens.

The Mallard Road area of Spalding was also affected with pictures of the road looking like a scene from Venice.

Crews from Spalding, Long Sutton, Deeping and Grantham attended to help remove flood water and give advice on keeping safe.

For residents who have had properties affected (not gardens or outbuildings), the advice is to contact Lincolnshire County Council on 01522 782082.

Affected residents also need to take photographs of damage to building and contents and to contact their insurance company.

Additionally, residents need to make sure they get permission to dispose of any flood affected items from their insurer and contact their district council to assist with removal.

• South Holland District Council: 01775 761161 – after 5pm 01522 782235.

Were you affected? Email chrissie.redford@jpress.co.uk

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