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Heavy rain and flooding ease in South Holland, but thundery showers could return overnight




Towns and villages in South Holland are getting back to normal after a week of heavy rain, but more showers could arrive overnight.

After torrential rain brought flooding to roads, car parks and garages in parts of Spalding and Holbeach last week, there are warnings that wet weather will return to the area tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday).

Between 110mm and 155mm of rainfall was measured in towns, such as Holbeach and Spalding, resulting in flooded roads, car parks and garages in both towns from Monday to Thursday of last week.

Firefighters joined teams from Anglian Water, the Environment Agency, South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council to help people “inundated by rain and flood water”, according to one of the organisations that led the clean-up operation.

Richard Porter and helpers sweep up water from his home in Battlefields Lane South. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-130619-014TW
Richard Porter and helpers sweep up water from his home in Battlefields Lane South. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-130619-014TW

An Anglian Water spokesman said: “The drainage system was inundated by rain and flood water to the extent that our treatment works were unable to process the sheer volume of water all at once.

“However, we did everything we could to ensure that our equipment performed as well as possible, having identified the worst affected areas so we could pump any excess water away in order to create space in the network.

“This work will continue over the coming days and our teams will respond to every call we receive.”

Flooding in Holbeach saw fire crews and council workers pumping rainwater from streets and delivering sandbags to homes in Battlefields Lane South, King George V Avenue and Lyndis Walk, Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-130619-002TW
Flooding in Holbeach saw fire crews and council workers pumping rainwater from streets and delivering sandbags to homes in Battlefields Lane South, King George V Avenue and Lyndis Walk, Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-130619-002TW

The Met Office is warning people in South Holland to expect a "very wet period" during the next 24-36 hours when up to 50mm of rain could fall in some areas.

A Met Office spokesman said: "There will be heavy, thundery rain between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, with 20mm to 30mm rain due.

"However, in some areas this could be up to 50mm during what will be a very wet period.

"But things should improve into Wednesday morning, with brighter, sunnier spells on Thursday and Friday."

Karen Daft, chief executive officer for Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board, said: “After the very heavy rainfall of the past few days, the Board’s staff and workforce are busy running land drainage pumping stations and carrying out checks of its systems.

“On average, we recorded over 110mm of rainfall so far this month across the Board’s area.

"However, one pumping station rain gauge had recorded over 155mm of rainfall.”

Holbeach alone had double the amount of rainfall expected for the whole of June in just 48 hours, the Met Office revealed.

Firefighters and council workers were busy in Battlefields Lane South, Edinburgh Walk, Lyndis Walk and King George V Avenue where sandbags were handed out to households.

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