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Flood siren system under scrutiny

siren in Lincolnshire
The sirens were originally installed as air raid warnings

Flood warning sirens in Lincolnshire could be scrapped in favour of alerts by mobile phone and media outlets.

The county's emergency planners are investigating whether the use of sirens has become outdated.

The aim was to find the most effective method of alerting the public, said county flood risk manager Ian Reed.

"If the wind is in the wrong direction or they have double glazing or the TV or radio is on, they may not hear the siren," Mr Reed added.

Environment Agency's Ian Russell said: "The media is used extensively to warn people about possible flooding but we are also prepared to send people out with loud hailers."

He said there was very little time to warn people during the summer flash flooding in Louth and Horncastle because it happened so quickly.

If there is flooding on the coast there was generally more time to warn the public, he said.

"We need to get people registered on the flood line warning direct system - last summer there were only 25% of people in the at-risk area that were registered but that number has now risen to 60%," he said.

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