Flood water under the railway bridge on Boston Road, Sleaford. EMN-210120-174633001

Flooding still could occur in rural areas around Sleaford as Storm Christoph hits Lincolnshire

Flood warnings are still in place for areas around Sleaford with more rain to come overnight, but a pause today has meant some communities have escaped the worst so far.

Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 6:24 pm

Households and landowners were told to expect flooding later today as Storm Christoph hits the county bringing heavy rain and winds for prolonged periods through into Thursday.

Four flood warnings and 13 flood alerts remain for the county.

However a lull in the weather today has meant only a few fields and roads have been flooded so far.

This includes Boston Road in Sleaford where rainwater has pooled to such as depth beneath the railway bridge it is unsafe to drive through.

The Environment Agency is stating that there are flood alerts surrounding the River Witham and its tributaries from Washingborough to Boston where severe flooding is certain with a potential to endanger life.

They said: “Heavy rain fell over the River Witham catchment last week and further heavy rainfall is forecast today, Wednesday, through until tomorrow. We expect properties along the River Witham and associated fens from Washingborough to Boston to continue to be affected.

“Low lying properties near the river are most at risk. River levels are expected to remain high throughout this week. Stay safe and be aware of your local surroundings. Avoid contact with flood water, riverside paths and river embankments.

“Our staff are out in the area to check the flood defences, clear blockages, operate our assets and assist the emergency services and council. We are closely monitoring the situation.”

Flood alerts, where people are expected to be prepared for possible flooding.

These include the minor watercourses from Heighington to Dunston such as the Timberland and Metheringham Delphs, tributaries of the lower River Witham from Blankney to Sleaford including the Bilinghay Skirth, Kyme Eau, Leasingham and Ruskington Becks, and the South Forty Foot Drain catchment area stretching out to Scredington, Billingborough, Folkingham and Swaton.

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