Louth on amber flood warning alert during record rainfall
Pubgoers in Louth sat undeterred on Sunday afternoon as the town was plunged into amber flood alert.
Record amounts of rain for April fell during a 12-hour period, resulting in the amber alert being raised for the River Lud and Louth Canal.
The Environment Agency had issued a statement at 7.51am warning of a slow-moving band of heavy rain moving north across Lincolnshire.
Officers said: "The rain is now expected to be less intense than originally predicted, but accumulations of up to 30mm are still possible.
"Levels in the River Lud are likely to rise into the afternoon."
Levels of the river were visibly rising and water gushing through a pipe near the Woolpack pub in Riverhead Road during the afternoon.
Toni Cartwright, who works at the pub, said: "It looks bad, but we think we will be all right. Where I live backs on to the river and it is a bit worrying there."
A dog walker said the levels were high, but nothing like when the town flooded in July 2007.
He said: "The water was right up the bank then, so it might look bad but I don't think it's anything to worry about."
One teenager travelled all the way from Mumby to have a look. He said: "I heard about the yellow warning and came to have a look. It's crazy."
National Grant in Aid funding towards the contruction of a flood storage reservoir in 2012-13 was confirmed by the Environment Agency Board in February, with further allocations earmarked over the following two years.
The Environment Agency said at the time the reservoir would significantly reduce the risk of flooding in Louth.
Rain is expected to clear away overnight and make way for weather residents could only dream of today - 17C and sunny.