FLASH FLOODS: Lincs roads network is operating as normal after night of huge rainfall

Emergency teams from Highways report that no Lincolnshire roads remain closed due to massive amount of heavy showers last night

Response crews have been working through the night to get roads open again following flash floods that hit areas of the county.

Market Rasen, Spalding and Pinchbeck all suffered the impact of the heavy overnight showers with reports of minor surface water flooding also being received from Boston and Louth.

In the worst hit areas, the huge volume of rain that fell in a short period of time led to excessive surface water on the roads.

With some routes not passable for a while as the floodwaters drained away, sandbags were distributed to residents and businesses in affected areas and roads were temporarily closed.

With emergency crews working in the worst-hit areas, issues were dealt with quickly and the roads network has now been returned to normal. Currently there are no roads closed in the county because of the flash floods.

Here is a list of the roads which sandbags were sent to:

Coach Rise, Welton (6)

Union Street, Market Rasen (7)

The Ridings, Market Rasen (delivery of 56 bags to Fire Station)

Church Street, Middle Rasen (20)

Old Mill Park, Louth (7)

St. Andrews Road, Spalding (17 to houses – 33 to fire station)

Station Street, Spalding (6)

Rowan Avenue, Spalding (10)

Brownlow Crescent, Pinchbeck (unknown)

Willesby Road, Spalding (12)

Park Avenue, Spalding (8)

Fairfield Close, Spalding (8)

Independence Drive, Pinchbeck (21)

Fulney Lane North, Spalding (unknown)

Chaucers Way, Spalding (approx. 40)

Holyrood Walk, Spalding (2)

There are currently nine enquiries awaiting assessment with a gully tanker also at Sherwood Drive, Spalding to assist with moving any remaining water by the side of the road.

In terms of water affecting any properties, LCC investigates each instance of internal flooding to buildings and will follow-up on any reports received from this incident in due course.

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways said: “We have seen our highways resilience kick in with emergency crews working extremely hard to be most effective where best needed.

“Because we have seen such a lot of rain in a very short period of time, and especially after a prolonged stretch of dry hot weather, the nature of what we were faced with was very unpredictable.

“I’m happy to say that we reacted quickly as soon as we received reports of where roads were affected. I would like to also thank several builder’s merchants around the Market Rasen area who helped with sandbagging and really showed a terrific community spirit which is very much appreciated.

“I would also like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding whilst our work and the network’s drainage system was taking place. To have the roads back to normal in such a short period of time for the people of our county is testimony to the hard work of our crews and everyone involved in a rapid response.”

For more information about roadworks in your area go to: www.lincolnshire.gov.ul/roadworks

If you’ve been affected by flash flooding overnight, here are some useful numbers you might need:

– Flooding – 01522 782082

– Dangerous issues – 101

– Fallen tree on the road/footpath – 01522 782070

– Power cut/damaged power lines – 105

In an emergency, always call 999.