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WORD ON THE GROUND: NFU update on the flooding




Following the River Steeping bursting its banks at Wainfleet I wanted to provide an update from an NFU perspective, where we have been on the ground working with members and the relevant authorities to help ensure the situation is resolved as soon as possible.

You will be aware that RAF Chinooks worked to plug the bank breach. It took more than 400 tonnes of ballast to stem the flow. All three emergency services worked together to ensure a coordinated
effort, along with the local Internal Drainage Boards who worked hard to reduce water levels in general.

The EA used ultra-high velocity pumps at different locations to help relieve the pressure and volumes of water present. Monitoring continues of a section of the bank which poses a significant additional risk should it fail.

Army engineers and drones are keeping a close eye on the situation.

The NFU is in contact with members in the area as well as senior officials from the EA where we have a direct route into their Incident Centre in Lincoln. We are also working with local IDBs to help where we can. We have also offered our networking expertise to the EA to ensure farmers are kept up to date with
developments.

While people and property are, of course, the priority, looking ahead, we want to ensure that the crops and farmland
aspect of this emergency are looked at.

Once the water subsides and the emergency is over, we will look to establish what led the floodbank to fail and what can be done to ensure it doesn’t happen again.



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