Engineers working on permanent repair to damaged bank
More than 225 Olympic-sized swimming pools' worth of water was pumped out of flood-hit Wainfleet and into the sea in one night, the Environment Agency has confirmed.
Two high-volume pumps have been deployed at Wainfleet, which can pump five swimming pools' worth of water away from the town every hour.
In its latest update, the Environment Agency (EA) said the picture in the town was currently improving, with the breach repair on the River Steeping holding and river levels slowly dropping.
Engineers are working on the best option for a permanent repair to the damaged bank, according to the agency, but getting equipment and materials to the area has been difficult.
Over the weekend, EA staff have been considering engineering options and sourcing supplies.
Staff at the agency continue to monitor the weather conditions as the Met Office is forecasting thunderstorms.
Breach in River Steeping 'not caused by badgers'
A breach in the River Steeping responsible for flooding scores of homes in Wainfleet was not caused by badgers, the Environment Agency has said.
Former county councillor Chris Pain has repeated claims the breach had been caused by burrowing badgers and in February 2016 Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, blamed the animals for damaging flood defences.
But a spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "The breach in this flood bank was not caused by badgers. The banks were put under extraordinary pressure because of the extreme amount of rainfall.”
He said they have a procedure for relocating badgers that do burrow in to river banks and work closely with Natural England to ensure they do not breach laws around interfering with badger setts.
Image shows current flood situation in Wainfleet
This image, tweeted by Ch Insp Phil Vickers, shows the location of the Environment Agency's high volume pump and the pumping station set up to tackle the flooding in Wainfleet:
'Early signs of success' stemming breach - Police boss
One of Lincolnshire's top police officers has said while he's "gravely concerned" about a breach in the River Steeping which has led to flooding in Wainfleet, he's confident they are on top of the situation.
Stay safe and we will bring you more updates online from around 06:30 on Friday morning.
Helicopters through the night
Lincolnshire Police have said they expect the helicopter operation to strengthen the banks of the River Steeping to go on into the night.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West asked residents in Wainfleet to remain in their homes if they have not been evacuated to ensure the RAF could go about their work.
He added: "It’s going to take some time so I apologise for the sound of helicopters through the night"
"Frankly without the support of Fire and Rescue and without the support of Royal Air Force we would struggle to otherwise find a fix for this and return Wainfleet to where it needs to be."
Families leave flooded Wainfleet
The advice from Lincolnshire Police is to take all members of your family with you if you have been advised to leave your home because of the risk of flooding.
Please take pets with you, the rest centre at Skegness can accommodate those, already I’m hearing about a bird, a cat and a dog so again they will be in good company. The prospect of returning tonight will be a difficult one so please take essential items so that you can carry on with your lives.
Lincolnshire Police's Shaun West has explained to viewers of Look North what's happening in the operation in Wainfleet.
Temp Asst Ch Cons West said there were two approaches being taken with the first being the "phased evacuation" of three streets.
He also explained the second approach, which is the RAF dropping bags of ballast to stem the water in the area where the River Steeping burst its banks.
Drone footage of flooding shows wider picture
This drone footage from Chris Dower shows the scale of the water around Wainfleet.
Health advice for those in flooded areas
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS have shared a helpful guide on how to stay safe when near or in flood water.
Rescue operation in Wainfleet
BBC Look North
I'm in Wainfleet speaking to people and seeing how the emergency services are battling against the flood waters.
You can see below residents, complete with cat, being moved from a flooded area to drier land.
Flooding declared a 'major incident'
Flooding in Lincolnshire has been declared a 'major incident' by emergency services.
Teams from the county's fire and rescue are currently moving a number of residents away from their homes in Wainfleet, near Skegness, and Lincolnshire Police is stepping up it's presence in the area.
However, the weather forecast for tonight and the coming days suggests the worst of the rain has already passed.
Despite that, Deborah Campbell from the Environment Agency says it will take a while for water levels to subside.
"We're expecting another 15mm of rain to fall so we're monitoring that closely and working with Met Office and the forecasts that come through to us. We anticipate there may be a slight increase in levels and we don't anticipate seeing a quick reduction in levels, certainly not for the next 24 or 48 hours."
Flood warnings remain in place
There are seven flooding warnings and 16 alerts in place throughout Lincolnshire.
Flood warnings - where flooding is expected - remain in place in:
Areas near the East and West Fen Catchwater and the Maud Foster Drain
Great Steeping and Firsby
Properties and villages near the Great Eau, Long Eau and Woldgrift Drain
Pollution drain in the Covenham St Mary's area
River Bain and Haltham Beck in Haltham and Kirkby on Bain
River Steeping in Wainfleet All Saints
River Waring immediately upstream of Stanhope Road