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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 June 2007, 17:00 GMT 18:00 UK
Homes evacuated after downpours
Fire crews at Shuttleworth House
Flats had to be evacuated after the River Witham began overflowing
Parts of Lincolnshire have been under water after torrential downpours brought flooding across the county.

A block of flats in Lincoln was evacuated after the River Witham began overflowing its banks at Stamp End in the city.

People were being removed in a dinghy by fire crews from about 120 flats at Shuttleworth House.

About 400 homes were evacuated on Monday night - most of them in Louth. Horncastle was also badly affected.

The Brayford pool area of Lincoln also had rising flood water and was about 12 inches above the roadside.

People were also forced to leave their homes in Wainfleet overnight.

Dozens of roads in the north of the county had to close and drivers were warned to take care.

Flooding in Louth (Picture by Michael Wilkinson)
Louth was badly hit by flooding (Picture by Michael Wilkinson)

Homes in the villages of Glentham, near Market Rasen, and Waddingham, near Scunthorpe, were still without power on Tuesday morning.

Fire crews were busy pumping out various houses in the village of Langworth, near Lincoln.

Police said at least 60 more homes were evacuated overnight in Louth, Wainfleet and Lincoln.

600 calls

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

Several inches of standing water were reported on some roads in Grantham, Lincoln, Louth and Horncastle.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said the Highways Agency had run out of "Road Closed" signs. He urged both motorists and pedestrians to be extra careful.

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

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


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