LINCOLNSHIRE is being warned to brace itself for possible floods as heavy rain is due to hit the county overnight.
David Powell, head of the Joint Emergency Management Service in Lincolnshire, said: “Heavy rain is forecast over overnight for large parts of Lincolnshire which could lead to surface water flooding in some areas. Driving conditions in the morning may be difficult.
“We are working with our partners, including the Environment Agency, to monitor both the weather and local rivers so that we can respond quickly to any incidents.
“We are also urging the public – particularly in communities which could be vulnerable to surface water flooding – to be prepared.
“More information on what to do before, during and after a flood can be found on the Environment Agency website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk”
Mike Dugher, flood and coastal risk management manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Given the forecast, we are issuing flood alerts across the county.
“We have teams checking rivers and other watercourses across Lincolnshire for blockages which may increase the risk of flooding. We are also checking infrastructure such as pumping stations to make sure we can respond quickly when required.
“However, flooding can still happen so we urge people to find out if they are at risk of flooding and take steps to make sure they keep themselves and their families safe.
“They should keep an eye on the local forecast, check on vulnerable neighbours and not take risks such as walking or driving through flood water. People can also take simple actions, such as moving treasured items such as photos to a safe place.”
For latest updates contact the Environment Agency’s Floodline Warnings Direct service on 0845 9881188, 0845 6026340 (for Type Talk), www.environment-agency.co.uk/floodwarning or Twitter @LincsOpsEA.