Make sure you are prepared for possibility of coastal flooding in Lincolnshire
ARE you ready for coastal flooding?
As we move into the storm season, and with the 60th anniversary of the 1953 East Coast floods fast approaching, emergency response agencies are encouraging local communities to make sure they have taken steps to prepare for flooding.
To help raise awareness of the importance of being prepared, East Lindsey District Council, the Environment Agency and Lincolnshire County Council are launching a six-month campaign to increase the number of households that have completed a flood plan and signed up to receive flood warnings.
Portfolio Holder for Emergency Planning at the District Council, Councillor Tony Bridges, said: “Local residents and communities can take simple steps to help reduce the risk and that’s what our campaign aims to achieve.
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“We’re keen to encourage people who are at risk of flooding to make a call and make a plan. Sign up to the Environment Agency’s free warning service, Flood Warnings Direct, to receive the earliest possible warning if flooding is predicted. Complete a flood plan for your household so you know what to do in a flood-related emergency. Some towns and parishes have already created their own flood plans and for those who haven’t we’d ask that this is given some serious consideration.”
Sutton-on-Sea resident Bud Shields, pictured, who witnessed the January 1953 floods in which 42 people died.
He said: “I helped a couple out of their house with a ladder; while I was up this ladder I saw part of the Beach Hotel suddenly collapse with white water rushing towards where I was standing. It was terrifying.
“Because coastal flooding hasn’t happened for nearly 60 years people don’t think it will ever happen again or they have never known about it in the first place so it never enters their minds.”
Contact Flood Warning Direct by calling 0845 9881188 or download a template Community Emergency and Flood Plan at www.lincolnshireprepared.co.uk