Clean-up begins in storm-hit Lincolnshire

Fire crews pumping water
Image caption Emergency crews had to deal with surface water flooding in parts of the county

The clean-up has started in parts of Lincolnshire after a night of strong winds and heavy rain but train services in the county remain disrupted.

The Environment Agency had issued a flood warning for the River Witham but water levels are now receding.

Sandbags were requested in the Wainfleet Road area of Skegness as emergency services tackled 12 inches (30cm) of surface water.

East Coast Trains are now running services to London but with delays.

Until about 17:00 GMT, trains were not running further south of Peterborough due to flooding in tunnels and fallen trees on the line.

In a statement, an East Coast spokesperson said: "Many trees were brought down onto the overhead power lines and debris was blown onto the tracks at several locations by winds in excess of 70 miles per hour, as the storm swept from west to east across southern Britain.

"Intense rainfall also led to flooding on the line and no trains were able to operate south of Peterborough for much of the day.

"The first train heading north departed from London King's Cross at 15.00, while the first southbound train departed from Peterborough at 16.50.

"East Coast is advising passengers whose journeys are not essential to defer travel until tomorrow."

East Midlands Trains has suspended services into London - all services are stopping at Bedford or Luton but it is hoped services will resume on Tuesday after overnight repairs.

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