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Last Updated: Monday, 23 July 2007, 09:40 GMT 10:40 UK
Residents clean up after floods
Boy carried to safety
Many properties were already evacuated after previous floods
The clean-up operation is continuing in parts of Lincolnshire hit by flooding for the second time in a month.

Fire crews have been pumping out flood water in the county following torrential downpours on Friday.

Houses and businesses in Horncastle, Louth and a number of villages were swamped but Wainfleet escaped problems by a matter of inches.

Officials said there had been no evacuations as many houses were still empty after the last floods.

Siren problems

Brian Kirkham, from emergency planning at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "It seems like the drainage systems worked well, getting rid of a lot of water.

"Much of the flooding came from surface water rather than the rivers coming over their banks.

"One of the things that didn't work was the flooding sirens in Wainfleet. Normally we test them in August because we expect the bad weather in the autumn.

"Fortunately we managed to get portable sirens into the town. They don't stop any water but they alert people to listen to the radio."

The government last week announced 140,000 of extra flood relief money for the county. The cash is on top of the 300,000 announced two weeks ago.

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