Lincolnshire coastal residents urged to be prepared for flooding
People living on the Lincolnshire coast are urged to make sure they are prepared for coastal flooding after the high tides season has begun.
In the 60th anniversary of the East Coast floods, the county’s emergency response agencies are again challenging communities to be ready.
East Lindsey District Council, the Environment Agency and Lincolnshire County Council are launching the annual We’re prepared for coastal flooding – are you? campaign to encourage households to complete a flood plan and sign up to receive flood warnings.
To register for warnings, call Floodline Warnings Direct by calling 0845 9881188 and complete an interactive emergency plan at www.lincolnshireprepared.co.uk
Residents can list what they should do in an emergency, for example planning where they would evacuate to and how to turn off the power and water supplies.
On January 31, 1953, coastal defences in England and other European countries were overtopped and washed away causing widespread devastation.
Despite a mass evacuation of the area, 42 people died.
The district council’s portfolio holder for the environment, Councillor Steve Newton, said: “Our coastline is now better protected than ever before but no one can ever remove all risk of flooding.
“We work closely with our partners to ensure we have plans in place to cope if flooding does happen but local residents and communities can take simple steps to help reduce the risk – that’s what our campaign aims to achieve.”