Wainfleet floods – where is it flooding in Lincolnshire and how many homes have been evacuated since the River Steeping broke its banks?

SEVERE flooding has caused chaos for a community after two months worth of rain fell in just two days.

Here’s what we know about the deluge and how it’s affected residents in Lincolnshire.

Two months of rain fell in just two days, causing the River Steeping to burst its banks
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Where is the Wainfleet flooding?

The town of Wainfleet in Lincolnshire flooded on Wednesday, June 12, after two months of rain fell in two days.

Heavy rainfall fell across England on Wednesday and Thursday, leading to dozens of flood warnings.

The Environment Agency has described the situation as “unprecedented” after 132mm of rain fell between Monday and Wednesday, leading to the River Steeping bursting its banks.

Wainfleet – full name Wainfleet All Saint – is an ancient port town in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, on the A52 road five miles south-west of Skegness.

It lies on two small rivers, the Steeping and Limb, that form Wainfleet Haven.

How many homes have been evacuated?

Residents in at least 590 homes in Wainfleet and Thorpe Culvert were evacuated as waters continued to surge on June 16, with further heavy rain predicted.

On June 14, three RAF helicopters dropped 270 one-tonne sandbags in an attempt to repair the bank.

The Environment Agency (EA) was in the process of putting together two pumps to take away some quantities of water, but it was unclear when it would be up and running.

Lincolnshire Police have shared a list of more than 100 postcodes, all in the PE23 and PE24 area, where evacuations are possible.

Flood water was entering the Thorpe Culvert pumping station and the additional evacuations were a precautionary action as “there is a risk the pumping station may fail”, cops said.

More than 590 homes have been evacuated, with water levels expected to rise
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The EA said water levels remained high and a decision had been made to “evacuate the highest risk areas and the most vulnerable”.

Matt Warman, Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness, said the town was “by no means out of the woods yet”.

He praised the “incredible” multi-agency response to the flooding and offered “a huge thank you” to those involved.


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