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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 July 2007, 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK
High tide alert for flood village
Flooding in Louth
Flood sirens sounded just after 0700 BST
Residents of a coastal Lincolnshire village are bracing themselves for possible flooding as water levels rise.

Warning sirens in Wainfleet have sounded as the River Steeping is threatening to burst its banks.

Teams of workers are reinforcing the river banks with sand bags but emergency services said the midnight high tide will be the crucial time.

Fire and rescue services said they have dealt with more than 170 flood-related incidents.

Flood sirens sounded in Horncastle, Middle Rasen and Louth - where 2.7ins (70mm) of rain fell and left a number of roads and houses under water.

Two severe flood warnings have been downgraded but more than a dozen flood warnings are still in place.

Hopeful signs

In the village of Covenham St Marys, rescue teams had to use a dinghy to pass down the main road, which was under several feet of water.

Emergency planning manager Ian Read said: "Even if levels are falling we ask people not to take fast running water lightly.

"Even seemingly shallow water can have enough force to drag people off their feet."

He added that only light rain was forecast and in most areas the situation was stabilising.

Sandbag demand

Louth resident Peter Fytche said it was the second time he had been flooded in a matter of weeks.

"You try not to be scared," he said. "First of all there is a bit of disbelief, then anger really.

"But then you realise there isn't much to be done and you just have to turn round and start again."

East Lindsey District Council said more than 200 people had asked for sandbags.

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