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Floods leave farmers with 'unprecedented costs'

Widespread flooding has left some farmers in one of England's main crop-growing regions unable to sow seeds for wheat and barley crops.

Flooded farm at Bardney
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Heavy rainfall in Yorkshire and the East Midlands "swamped thousands of acres of farmland at a crucial time", the National Farmers' Union (NFU) said.

It said 90% of the winter cereals was expected to be drilled in Lincolnshire, but only 10% had been done.

Thousands of homes and businesses have been flooded since 7 November, including the farm at Bardney in Lincolnshire pictured above.

A spokesperson for the NFU said farmers were facing "massive and unprecedented costs" because of the floods.

James Peck, from the NFU, said up to 10 inches of rain fell in some parts of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, leaving fields waterlogged.

The current conditions means harvesting root vegetables and crops - including cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts - has been difficult.

Lincolnshire health visitors stage month-long strike

Heath visitors in Lincolnshire have begun a near month-long strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Health visitor strike
Unite

About 70 members of the Unite union at Lincolnshire County Council are due to strike until 13 December.

The union said some workers were "significantly worse off" since being transferred from the NHS in 2017.

The council said it had held constructive discussions with union officials and was disappointed the action was being pursued.

According to the union, some workers stood to lose £150,000 during their careers due to a two-tier grading system introduced by the authority.

It said some staff were being placed in the lower band despite them having the same qualifications as those in the higher tier

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

This morning's fog and mist may take a while to lift but when it does there'll be some bright, sunny spells with temperatures getting up to about 5C or 6C.

Overnight it will stay dry and slightly milder than last night with temperatures down to about 2C or 3C:

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

This morning's fog and mist may take a while to lift but when it does there'll be some bright, sunny spells with temperatures getting up to about 5C or 6C.

Overnight it will stay dry and slightly milder than last night with temperatures down to about 2C or 3C:

Wheelchair Sports Programme celebrates 10th anniversary

A scheme aimed at getting less able people in Lincolnshire into sport is celebrating its 10th anniversary today.

Wheelchair Sports Programme
BBC

Since 2009, 40,000 people have taken part in sessions as part of the county's Wheelchair Sports Programme which is thought to be the biggest scheme of its kind in the country.

Lynn Chauntry, a member of the programme, says playing wheelchair basketball has helped to turn her life around:

Mentally and physically I am just so much better. You can cope with everything if you've got something you really enjoy."

Lynn ChauntryWheelchair Sports Programme

Police chief blames staff shortage for low morale

The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has blamed a lack of staff for low staff morale.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly
BBC

A Police Federation survey ranked Lincolnshire second only to the Metropolitan Police, with more than 60% of officers reporting low personal morale.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly says there simply aren't enough officers to do the job:

We certainly believe that a lot of the reason why the workforce is feeling as anxious and is feeling as low as it is in many areas is because of the poor numbers that we have."

Chief Constable Bill SkellyLincolnshire Police

Morale among police officers ranked second lowest

Police in Lincolnshire have among the lowest morale in the country, according to a survey of officers.

Police officers
PA Media

The Police Federation study put Lincolnshire second only to the Metropolitan Police, with more than 60% of officers reporting low personal morale.

Meanwhile, Humberside Police have been rated as the happiest force and has seen the largest improvement.

Graph of police morale
Police Federation

Chief Constable Lee Freeman says the recruitment of new officers has helped turn things around:

It's brilliant, Humberside Police has got nearly 2,000 police officers and we've probably got another 300 on top of that coming in the next two or three years. That's great news for our communities and I think the force will go from strength to strength."

Chief Constable Lee FreemanHumberside Police

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

After a cold and frosty morning we're in for a bright, sunny day.

But, it's going to be fell chilly with top temperatures not getting much above 8C.

Overnight it will stay clear but that will see temperatures drop to -4C in places:

This evening's forecast for Lincolnshire

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with spells of rain and drizzle moving in from the east:

Tomorrow, is expected to be largely dry with some bright or sunny spells.

Lincolnshire weather
BBC

Flood damage 'can't be allowed to happened again' - NFU

The National Farmers Union has described the flooding of arable land in Lincolnshire as "absolutely devastating".

flooding fields
BBC

More than 1,500 acres of farmland are underwater at Short Ferry, near Lincoln, and many other fields around the county are waterlogged.

The NFU says the issue must be taken seriously.

We have got to have a big discussion about how we deal with water, going forward. We cannot continue to try to do it on the cheap. We need to invest in infrastructure, we need to invest in maintenance because we cannot allow these things to continue to happen."

Stuart RhodesVice Chairman, National Farmers Union
flood scheme
BBC

His comments came as the Environment Secretary, Theresa Villiers, visited a flood alleviation scheme in Lincoln. She said farmers will be able to apply for grants of up to £25,000 for uninsurable losses.

Roads remain closed due to flooding

Lincolnshire Police say a number of roads across the county remain closed due to flooding:

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Home visits for people at risk of flooding

Environment Agency officers are knocking on the doors of homes at risk of flooding in Lincolnshire.

flooded house
BBC

Officials says river levels remain extremely high on the Lower Witham, between Lincoln and Boston, and on the River Ancholme.

They say that although the situation appears to be improving, the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum remains ready to deliver a coordinated response, if needed.

Crops could be 'written off' due to Lincolnshire flooding

A Lincolnshire farmer says a national produce crisis is looming as thousands of acres of farmland is waterlogged or flooded following recent heavy rain.

flooded land
BBC

The managing director of Lincolnshire Field Products, Robin Hancox, says hundreds of acres of potatoes and cabbages could be "written off" as farmers struggle to lift them.

The farmer, from Spalding, says he and many other, are unable to drill winter wheat, which will have serious consequences for the national wheat crop next summer.

Nine Environment Agency flood warnings remain in place in Lincolnshire.

Watch: Bridlington PCSO 'oldest in the country'

A Police Community Support Officer who is still working at the age of 71 says she keeps going because of job satisfaction.

Liz Smith joined Humberside Police when she was 58-years-old and is still going strong.

Liz patrols six villages around Bridlington on a moped and says she loves being out in the community and helping people.

Dozens of weapons taken off Lincolnshire's streets

A machete and an imitation firearm are among the 100 weapons seized or surrendered as part of a police operation in Lincolnshire.

weapons
Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police said 64 of the weapons were confiscated during targeted raids or searches while a further 36 were handed in by members of the public.

They include a machete recovered in Sleaford, an imitation fire arm found on Lincoln's Ermine estate and a knife that had been taken into the Lindum Medical Practice in Lincoln.

The force said 67 people have been arrested so far as part of Operation Raptor.

New flood warning issued for Lincolnshire

A fresh flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency this morning.

flood map
Environment Agency

The latest warning covers Car Dyke, Billinghay Skirth and tributaries in the Billinghay area.

Flood warnings mean flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

There are now eight flood warnings in place across Lincolnshire.

Thousands of homes to be built in flood zones

BBC Science and Environment

Almost 10,000 new homes could be built on some of the most flood-prone areas of England, a Greenpeace investigation has found.

A flooded house
PA Media

They include hundreds of new-builds in Sheffield and Doncaster, the towns hit hardest by the latest floods.

The Environment Agency told the BBC that virtually all planning applications last year followed its advice on flood risk.

The Greenpeace study comes as hundreds of flood-hit homes in South Yorkshire are still evacuated.

More than 5,000 homes have been proposed in high-risk zones of Lincolnshire, where roads and thousands of acres of farmland have been flooded in the last few days.

The research also highlighted a 3,100-home "new town" near Stainforth, less than two miles from Fishlake, the village where hundreds of people have been forced from their homes because of flooding.

'Record' river levels in Lincolnshire - Environment Agency

The Environment Agency says the River Ancholme and River Witham in Lincolnshire have reached record high levels.

Flood in Lincolnshire
BBC

Officers say they've made maximum use of flood storage reservoirs upstream of Lincoln overnight, to protect the city.

Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager Ben Thorley told BBC Radio Lincolnshire it will take days for water levels to fall due to the slow drainage systems of the Ancholme and Witham.

He added that a meeting will be held with the emergency services and drainage boards later today to assess the risks to homes and land.

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire train services hit by flooding

BBC News Travel

There are several problems on Yorkshire and Lincolnshire's rail services just now due to flooding.

TransPennine Express services are currently suspended between Sheffield and Scunthorpe due to flooding in the Kirk Sandall area, near Doncaster.

Train operator Northern is also unable to run services between Doncaster and Goole due to the Kirk Sandall flooding.

Northern trains between Doncaster and Scunthorpe will run at a reduced speed, not calling at Kirk Sandall.

Passengers needing to stop at Kirk Sandall are being asked to use rail replacement buses between Doncaster and Goole.

Disruption on these routes are expected to continue for the rest of the day, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Meanwhile, rail services are also affected between Sheffield and Lincoln Central/Gainsborough Central/Retford/Worksop, and also between Leeds and Lincoln Central.

This is due to flooding near Kiveton Park, which means trains have to run at a reduced speed, with services delayed up to 30 minutes, cancelled or revised.

Further flood warnings in Lincolnshire after heavy rain

Following heavy rain over the last 24 hours, three more flood warnings have been issued for Lincolnshire.

Flood sign
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

They cover the River Slea in Sleaford, Ruskington Beck and the River Glen at Surfleet Reservoir.

Several other flood warnings remain in place across the county, with an additional three for the River Trent on the Nottinghamshire border.

These warnings mean "flooding is expected and immediate action is required".

For the full list of current flood warnings, take a look at the government's Flood Information Service.

Flooding's also causing some travel problems this morning, with the A46 closed in both directions at Nettleton and the A156 closed between Lea and Marton.

Train services have also been suspended between Lincoln and Sheffield.

Fire service issues warning over driving through floodwater

Lincolnshire's weather

It's going to be a wet end to the day. Here's the latest forecast:

BBC
BBC

Apology issued over A&E waiting times

Hospital bosses have apologised after new figures showed just 65% of A&E patients were seen within four hours last month.

Google
Google

In October, 15,139 people attended A&E at hospitals under United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust control.

However, just 9,723 (642%) were seen within the allotted four hours. The national target is set at 95%.

Simon Evans, director of operations at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "Our A&E performance is not where we want it to be and we would like to apologise for this.

"Over recent months we have seen a significant increase in the number of very poorly patients attending at our A&Es, as well as cases of the winter vomiting bug norovirus.

"This has coincided with a reduction in the number of patients being discharged from our hospitals, which has unfortunately resulted in long delays for some of our patients in A&E."

Concerns over Lincolnshire's weather forecast

Residents and farmers are being warned to brace themselves for more heavy rain in Lincolnshire:

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Some residents have been evacuated from Short Ferry Caravan Park near Bardney as a precaution:

BBC
BBC

Canal boat owners on Lincoln's Fossdyke are also bracing themselves as water levels rise again.

Up to 45mm of rain is expected.

Flood warnings remain in place across Lincolnshire

There are still five flood warnings in place across Lincolnshire.

Gov.uk
Gov.uk

The Environment Agency warnings mean "flooding is expected, immediate action is required".

The Met Office is warning heavy rain could lead to more flooding and damage in the county.

Up to 45mm of rain is expected later.

Backlash over replacement wheelie bin charges in Boston

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Boston Borough Councillors are asking the authority to remove charges for replacement wheelie bins after a backlash from residents.

Bins
Boston Borough Council

At a meeting in September, the Environment and Performance Scrutiny Committee recommended to cabinet that it withdraw a £25 charge for replacement green and blue bins, which has been in the budget since 2013-14.

They say residents have been left angry and confused by the charges.

Since 2013-14, Boston Borough Council has spent £162,000 on green and blue bins but has raised just £5,000 from householders whose bins were damaged.

Boston Borough Councillor Peter Bedford also believed the cost involved in officer time outweighed the £25 charge:

For the small amount of money the borough has recouped since they started charging, the cost of officer monitoring and everything else, they must be out of pocket.”

Peter BedfordCouncillor

Environment Agency criticised over farmland flooding

A Lincolnshire farmer has criticised the Environment Agency for not doing enough to stop his farmland from flooding.

Henry Ward
BBC

Henry Ward's land surrounds the Barlings Eau, near Lincoln, which burst its banks over the weekend.

He said more than a 1,000 acres of his land has been covered with between six and 10ft of water and he says he's not heard anything from the Environment Agency.

He told BBC Radio Lincolnshire: "They've not even spoken to me or my family.

"We're not a flood plain, it's open arable land and we're being used as a flood plain free of charge and we're expected to take the cost of this on the chin."

He posted the following footage online:

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The Environment Agency has said it is making plans to repair the Eau "as soon as ground and weather conditions allow" and is liaising with the National Farmers Union to offer support and advice to farmers affected by flooding.

Humberside Police plea for dangerous driving footage

Humberside Police is asking for people to submit footage of alleged driving offences online in an effort to improve road safety.

Police jakcet
BBC

The force's new online portal will allow people to upload footage of inappropriate or dangerous behaviour for officers to review to see if any action needs to be taken.

The force says members of the public can help to help keep roads safe and the move won't replace traditional patrols.

Lincolnshire para-athlete Arnold wins fourth World title

Lincolnshire-born Hollie Arnold has won her fourth consecutive F46 javelin world title at the World Para-Athletics Championships in Dubai.

Hollie Arnold at Dubai
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Arnold, 25, threw 44.73m - a new championship record - to hold off the challenge from New Zealand's Holly Robinson, who broke Arnold's world record earlier this year.

The reigning Paralympic, European and Commonwealth champion told BBC Sport: "Throwing a personal best and getting that fourth world title, it means so much to me after such an up and down year.

"To be able to go out there and just feel like old Hollie again, I can't wait for Tokyo now."

Over 100 horses moved at flood-hit charity's site

More than 100 horses at an equine welfare charity's site in Lincolnshire are having to be moved due to flooding.

Flooding at Bransby Horses.
BBC

Staff at Bransby Horses say current conditions aren't safe for the animals and they're working to keep them out of contaminated water.

Deputy team leader Jess Hester says they've got their work cut out moving them to other fields:

Some of our fields are coming up to our knees in water. It's all damp, it's quite muddy, it's cold. But we're all pulling together to make sure we're giving these horses the best care we possibly can."

Jess HesterBransby Horses
Horse in mud
BBC

FA Cup second round draw

Boston United will either face Wrexham or Rochdale away in the second round of the FA Cup.

FA Cup
BBC

It's the first time the Pilgrims have got to this stage of the competition as a non-league club in 22 years.

Meanwhile, Lincoln City could be up against Coventry City, but they have to beat Ipswich Town in a replay first after drawing 1-1 at the weekend.

Flood warnings continue for Lincolnshire

A total of five flood warnings remain in place for Lincolnshire this morning.

Flood sign
Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The affected areas are the River Witham, Low Barlings and the Short Ferry areas.

The warnings mean flooding is expected and "immediate action" is required.

For all the latest information, take a look at the government's Flood Information Service.

Flood warnings remain in place this evening

A number of flood warnings and flood alerts remain in place across Lincolnshire this evening.

Here's the latest picture:

Environment Agency
Environment Agency

Lincolnshire's latest weather forecast

It will be a dry but cold night in Lincolnshire.

Here's the latest forecast:

BBC
BBC

Several flood warnings still in place

A number of flood warnings and flood alerts are still in place in Lincolnshire this lunchtime.

The Environment Agency has 12 Flood Warnings - meaning flooding is expected - and 25 flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible - currently in place across the county.

Here's the latest picture:

Environment Agency
Environment Agency

Lincolnshire's latest weather forecast

There's the chance of a shower in Lincolnshire this afternoon. Here's the latest forecast:

BBC
BBC

Lincolnshire's Monday weather forecast

Early cloud and outbreaks of rain will soon clear eastwards leaving a fine day for Lincolnshire.

Here's the county's all-important weather forecast:

BBC
BBC

Warning of icy roads as temperatures plummet in Lincolnshire

As icy conditions are forecast tonight, highways officials say roads will be hazardous because of the amount of standing water.

Gritters will be treating every A and B road in Lincolnshire tonight and during the early hours:

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Lincolnshire County Council spokesman, Darrell Redford, said: "Please remember that even treated roads can be hazardous, so do take care and drive to the conditions."

Council calls for help to assess flooding on county roads

Lincolnshire County Council is asking motorists to update the authority on the state of the county's roads after yesterday's heavy rain brought flooding to the region

Writing on Twitter the council called on drivers to help identify roads that are no longer flooded:

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Villagers take steps to prevent flooding in Scotter

Villagers are taking steps to avoid flood water getting into their homes after the River Eau overtopped in Scotter, near Gainsborough.

The village is one of the worst affected in Lincolnshire, with reports coming in that one home has waist high water in the kitchen.

Sturton by Stow and Blyton near Gainsborough, Middle Rasen and Grimoldby near Louth have also been hit by flood water.

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Torrential rain causes flooding in Lincolnshire villages

This is the scene in the village of Blyton, near Gainsborough, this morning.

Firefighters have spent the night pumping water away from homes at risk of flooding.

They're also dealing with flooding incidents in Middle Rasen, Grimoldby and Sturton by Stow.

Blyton near Gainsborough
BBC

Sturton by Stow and Middle Rasen Primary Schools are both shut today because of flood water on nearby roads.

The A46 between Market Rasen and the Laceby roundabout is also closed.