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Last Updated: Monday, 25 June 2007, 21:57 GMT 22:57 UK
Roads flooded after driving rain
girls in boats during flood in Hogsthorpe (Picture by Eric McGough)
Some pupils had a break from school
Schools have been closed and roads have been flooded after heavy rain in parts of Lincolnshire.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings after 24 hours of rain caused travel problems across the county, especially in the east.

Ian Russell, from the Environment Agency, said rising water levels were being monitored and asked people to keep checking Floodline for updates.

Six schools in total closed and some parts of the A1 were flooded.

600 calls

On Monday night there were five severe flood warnings in place in the Louth, Horncastle, Langworth areas, as well as the Humber Tributaries.

Drivers were also warned to take care in treacherous conditions, with several inches of standing water reported on some roads in Grantham, Lincoln, Louth and Horncastle.

Mr Russell said: "We have had 30mm of water fall overnight and levels were pretty high already.

"The worst-affected areas seem to be between Sleaford and The Wash and between Lincoln and the East Coast as there's a band of rain moving across the east side of Lincolnshire."

'Road closed' signs

On Monday night a spokesman for Lincolnshire police said flood water levels in Louth appeared to be going down but rising in Horncastle, and while there were fresh worries about flooding in the Trusthorpe area, Sleaford, Boston and Market Rasen appeared to be okay.

He added that the Highways Agency had run out of "Road Closed" signs, and urged people on the roads to be extra careful whether driving or on foot.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received more than 600 calls about flooding on Monday.

Officers have apologised for the delays, but said the main priority was helping people whose properties have more than six inches of water inside.


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