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Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

I'll be a largely dry day with some sunny spells, especially this morning, but towards the end of the afternoon we will see a scattering of showers in some areas.

Overnight will be cloudy with further showers while towards dawn there's a risk of thunderstorms and torrential downpours, particularly across Lincolnshire:

River Steeping water levels 'continue to drop '

The Environment Agency say water levels on the River Steeping are continuing to drop.

River Steeping
Lincolnshire Police Drones

About 130 properties in Wainfleet were flooded and hundreds more had to be evacuated when the river burst its banks after the equivalent of about two months' rain fell in two days.

This morning two flood warnings remain in place in Lincolnshire, for the River Steeping at Wainfleet and the River Steeping at Great Steeping and Firsby.

More rain and possible thunderstorms are forecast for later today and tomorrow and the Environment Agency say they will be monitoring the situation closely.

'Immense' volume of water washes away sailing channel

The volume of water being pumped from the flood-hit River Steeping into the sea has caused a marked channel used by sailors to wash away.

Gibraltar Point
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Michael Clark, president of the Gibraltar Point Sailing Club, said the floating buoys and standing posts used by sailors to gain entry and to exit Gibraltar Point (pictured) had now disappeared.

He said: "The local lifeboat has been informed because it sometimes uses the channel to bring boats in for refuge and the coastguard has also been informed.

"But it's really to make Wash sailors in Lincolnshire and Norfolk aware that currently the channel is not navigable."

Mr Clark said the club had marked the channel for decades.

No boats have been damaged, but it could be some time before the channel is remarked.

Lincolnshire residents urged to limit water use

People in Lincolnshire are being urged by the region's water company to limit their use of showers, dishwashers and washing machines while the county continues to be affected by flooding:

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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.

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Lincolnshire Police

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.

River Steeping
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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:

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Earlier, the Environment Agency said it had already "shifted 225 Olympic-sized swimming pools' worth of water".

Wainfleet airspace restriction lifted

An emergency airspace restriction over flood-hit Wainfleet and Thorpe Saint Peters - aimed particularly at drone users - has now been lifted, police say:

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Police say water level has dropped by 11cm

Water levels in the flood-hit town of Wainfleet have dropped by about 11cm, according to Lincolnshire Police.

Floods in Wainfleet
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Nearly 600 homes have been evacuated in the area and it is not yet known when residents will be able to return.

Ch Insp Phil Vickers said although it was good news further heavy rain is forecast over the coming days.

"Over a period of five to six hours the water levels that we are measuring at different points around Wainfleet have dropped by about 11cm," he said.

"That's actually better than we were anticipating so that's really positive.

"The bank that was repaired by the RAF last week is still holding, but there is still a crack within it which causes us some concern and is a risk.

"The weather forecast for Tuesday going in to Wednesday is not good but if we can keep reducing those water levels and keep the community updated then that will be successful for us."

Watch: Drone footage captures extent of flooding

Drone footage released by Lincolnshire Police this morning shows the extent of the flooding in Wainfleet:

Two flood warnings lifted in Lincolnshire

Just two flood warnings now remain in place in Lincolnshire after two were lifted this morning:

The areas currently affected are:

Flood warnings mean flooding is expected and immediate action is required

Flooded house
PA

River Steeping 'defences holding and water level dropping'

Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West of Lincolnshire Police has tweeted to say that efforts to prevent further flooding in Wainfleet are taking effect:

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More than 340 tonnes of ballast have been dropped by RAF helicopters to shore up a breach in the wall of the River Steeping after it burst its banks on Wednesday.

High-volume pumps have also been deployed by the Environment Agency to move the water away from the local area and in to the catchment area for the River Haven near Boston.

However, Mr West said more rain is expected on Tuesday and Wednesday and the MET Office has issued a yellow weather warning:

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Flood warnings remain in place in Lincolnshire

Four flood warnings remain in place across Lincolnshire.

Flood warnings map
Flood information service

Flood warnings - shown in red above - are issued when flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

The areas currently affected are:

Flooding in Lincolnshire: Latest updates

For live updates on flooding in Lincolnshire please click here:

Lincolnshire flooding: What we know now

With flooding continuing in parts of Lincolnshire this Monday morning, here's what we now know:

  • The River Steeping burst its banks on Wednesday after two months' worth of rain fell in two days
  • Almost 600 properties in Wainfleet have been evacuated
  • More than 340 tonnes of ballast dropped by RAF Chinooks to shore up breach in river bank
  • Four flood alerts remain in place across Lincolnshire
  • Flood victims being warned they may be unable to return home before Friday
  • High volume pumps are being used to lower water levels
  • People in Wainfleet asked to limit use of toilets and showers due to reduced capacity
  • Rest centre set up at Coronation Hall, in Wainfleet, for those unable to return home
Flooded home, Wainfleet
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RAF Chinook helicopters use 270 tonnes of ballast to plug a gap in a Lincolnshire river.
Three Chinooks dropped bags of aggregate to repair the bank of the River Steeping in Wainfleet.

Flood gear goes to help storm-hit eastern counties

The Environment Agency keeps some of the country's most powerful portable flood defences in Cumbria, but when the rain falls somewhere else, it goes where it is needed most.

It has barely stopped raining for a week in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, and a burst dyke cause serious flooding in some areas.

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Fall in number of Lincolnshire flood warnings

The number of flood warnings in Lincolnshire has been reduced from six to five as conditions improve, the Environment Agency has said.

Flood at Wainfleet
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However, people across the county - and especially in flood-hit areas - are being warned to "remain vigilant and avoid swollen rivers and driving through standing water".

The current warnings are for:

  • River Steeping in Wainfleet All Saints (pictured)
  • Isolated properties and villages near the Great Eau, Long Eau and Woldgrift Drain
  • River Bain and Haltham Beck in Haltham and Kirkby on Bain
  • Areas near the East and West Fen Catchwater and the Maud Foster Drain
  • Great Steeping and Firsby

Power cut affects properties in flood-hit Wainfleet

Residents in part of Wainfleet are without power this morning after flooding at a substation in the town.

Flooding in Wainfleet
Lincolnshire Police Drones

A "major incident" was declared in the town yesterday evening after an estimated two months of rain fell in just two days in the area.

The streets affected by the power cut are are Matt Pit Lane and Matt Pit Court.

According to Lincolnshire Police, these properties could be without power until this afternoon.

Western Power engineers were in the area from about 08:00 checking on properties and work is ongoing at the affected electricity substation, police say.

Big task facing RAF crews

Here's a picture taken around 30 minutes ago showing the breach in the bank of the River Steeping near Wainfleet.

River Steeping breach
Kurnia Aerial Photography

An RAF Chinook helicopter is resuming efforts to drop bags of ballast to block the gap - but it looks like there's a lot of work to do.

In pictures: RAF river breach operation under way

This was the scene near Wainfleet last night as RAF teams and a Chinook helicopter started an operation to drop sandbags and ballast in a bid to stem a breach in the River Steeping.

RAF teams
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

The breach has led to flooding in the town, with about 70 properties currently evacuated and local residents moved to a rest centre in Skegness for the night.

Chinook
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

The copter operation is currently about a quarter complete, according to Lincolnshire Fire Service, with work starting again at 09:00 this morning.

RAF teams and Chinook
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

'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.

Chinook over flooding
Lincolnshire Police/PA Wire

A "major incident" was declared in the town yesterday evening and firefighters and RAF crews using a Chinook helicopter have since been working to bring the breach under control.

Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West said there have been "early signs of success", with the operation due to continue this morning.

He said: "Where there were thousands of gallons of water gushing through that breach when I started. That is starting to stem. We need to stem the flow and plug that breach."

About 50 firefighters from across the UK, but predominantly from Lincolnshire, are involved in dealing with flooding across the county, the Assistant Chief Constable confirmed.

He said: "This is a really challenging situation. We're well-practiced at flooding, but we are on it and we'll be on it until we're able to confidently safeguard the residents of Lincolnshire."

Flood-hit roads re-open, rail services still affected

Several roads in Lincolnshire which have been closed by flooding for the past day are now open again - or at least useable with due care, according to the police:

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However, if you're planning to travel by rail between Boston and Skegness this morning, be aware that train services are still being replaced by buses.

Tortoise home and dry - sort of

Remember Jean Hart from yesterday?

Her home was wrecked by flooding in Wainfleet but she was most worried about her tortoise Mr T and cat Aurora.

Tortoise
BBC

She was reunited with the cat yesterday, and here she is this morning, with Mr T, who looks none the worse for his flooding ordeal.

jean's toilet
BBC

Jean and her husband Kevin are still counting the cost of the damage to their home, above, and say they will be in temporary accommodation, along with their pets, for the foreseeable future.

Tap water 'absolutely fine' in flood-hit areas

Drinking water in areas of Lincolnshire hit by flooding is safe to consume, according to Anglian Water.

Tap
Science Photo Library

Several areas of the county have been hit by flooding after an estimated two months' worth of rain fell in just two days.

Regan Harris, from Anglian, says while some local residents have said they're worried about their tap water, there's no reason why people in flood-hit areas shouldn't use their taps.

"All our water supplies across any areas affected by the flooding across Lincolnshire are absolutely fine. Please continue to use your tapwater as normal.

"What we are seeing in some patches where we've had some flooding is trouble with people using their toilets and things like that because our network is so full of rainwater.

"So in certain areas there are alternative toilet facilities available which people can use if they need to."

River Steeping breech op 'quarter completed'

Work to stem the flow of water at a breach in the River Steeping in Wainfleet is currently about a "quarter completed", according to the fire service.

An RAF Chinook helicopter has been used to help the operation carrying ballast and sandbags to the site - an operation which carried on into the night.

Karl Foxall, watch manager with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "That's going to commence again at 09:00 this morning.

"The water levels currently haven't changed but we have brought in four high-volume pumps and they're currently at Gibraltar Point."

The equivalent of two months' rain had fallen in the area in two days, according to Lincolnshire County Council.

All the latest updates on Friday 14 June 2019

For the very latest updates on the current flooding situation in Lincolnshire on Friday 14 June 2019, please click here.

And keep listening to BBC Radio Lincolnshire for up-to-date information.

Lincolnshire flooding: What we know now

Flooding
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With flooding continuing in parts of Lincolnshire this Friday morning, here's what we know now:

  • "Major incident" declared for Wainfleet last night after River Steeping burst banks
  • "Phased evacuation" of about 70 homes in the town
  • Rest centre for Wainfleet residents set up in nearby Skegness
  • RAF Chinook helicopters drop ballast overnight to try and block the breach
  • Seven flood warnings remain in place across Lincolnshire this morning
  • Weather forecasts suggest worst of the rain may have passed
  • Water levels will take some time to subside, Environment Agency warns

Continued coverage on BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The team at Radio Lincolnshire are providing more coverage of the operation at Wainfleet.

They are on air with a special programme until midnight bringing you all the latest updates from the scene.

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.

People in a digger bucket
BBC

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.

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Police explained 'two pronged' flood operation

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

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.

NHS flooding health advice
NHS

Rescue operation in Wainfleet

Paul Murphy

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.

Flood sign
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

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.

Map of flooding warnings
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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

In pictures: Flooding across Lincolnshire

Heavy rain has brought flooding to parts of Lincolnshire, with more than twice the average monthly amount of rain falling in two days:

There are still seven flood warnings and 16 flood alerts in place across the county:

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Flooded railway line
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Maintenance work has started on the giant cables that hold up the Humber Bridge.
Engineers are working on the giant cables that support the Humber Bridge.

Holbeach couple rig up pump to keep floods at bay

A couple in Holbeach have rigged up a pump to try and protect their property from flood water.

Lauren and Darren Barnes
BBC

Lauren and Darren Barnes have dug trenches and used hose pipes to divert water away from their home and garden and neighbours' gardens.

Ms Barnes said: "It's taken a lot of effort. We started on Tuesday night trying to dig really deep holes.

"Yesterday, my father-in-law came over and he was in the army and thought about trenches. So we started digging different trenches and different channels to encourage the water to go down.

"We've manage to get people we don't even know to donate hoses so we can extend it far enough away from the house to keep the water at bay. It seems so far to be working."

She said they woke up on Tuesday to flooding in the garden and have been battling to keep the water at bay since.

Her biggest concern now is contaminated water - she said she had found human faeces in the garden and the conservatory.

Boston-Skegness railway line 'severely flooded'

The railway line between Boston and Skegness is now severely flooded at Thorpe Culvert.

Staff are monitoring the water levels in the surrounding area, according to East Midlands Trains:

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Water company working to help people affected by flooding

Anglian Water is working with the Environment Agency and councils following heavy flooding across the county.

The company says it is working to make sure there are no blocked sewers and that its pumps are working as they should be:

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