Major operation across county after roads blocked by fallen trees and flooding

Emergency services received support from the community when gale force winds across the county caused fallen trees and flooding.
Tree blocking A158 near Sausthorpe Church.Tree blocking A158 near Sausthorpe Church.
Tree blocking A158 near Sausthorpe Church.

The Lincolnshire Police 101 non-emergency line had a wait of more than 45 minutes on Sunday morning when your reporter called to report trees down on the A158 at Sausthorpe and going west towards Candlesby.

The tree near Sausthorpe Church was expected to block the road all day, with traffic heading to the coast diverting to Spilsby via Hundleby to avoid other hazards on some of the side roads.

Other roads reported blocked by trees include Mareham Lane in Sleaford; Main Street, Greatford; St Paul's Street, Stamford; A1 Gonerby Moor, South Bound; Bowgate Gosberton; B1177, Dunsby; Northumberland Avenue, Stamford; London Road, Spalding; A5121 Witrham on the Hill; and A1175 Deeping St James.

Lincolnshire Police tweeted they had received more than 101 weather-related calls. They said: "We are asking motorists to drive to the weather conditions after we have received a high volume of calls in relation to flooded roads, trees blocking roads and road traffic collisions.

"This morning has seen a heavy downpour of rain so please take care if you are out driving.".

Later as the weather settled, Lincolnshire Police Control Room thanked Lincolnshire CAT and other emergency services for their help getting the county back to normal. They said: "There has been a lot of assistance from the local community to clear fallen trees."

Strong winds continued into the evening. Lincs Fire and Rescue tweeted asking the public to report fallen trees by calling 101 and for issues with Issues with power lines/cables to call 105.