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Agency appeals for flood wardens

Residents in Lincolnshire are being urged to become flood wardens to help their communities in an emergency.

The Environment Agency said it wanted to recruit wardens in the area as it had a high risk of flooding.

The role acts as "the eyes and ears" of the agency, reporting back to officials as well as helping co-ordinate the local response.

Currently just a handful of parishes in areas of significant or moderate flood risk have such a scheme, officers said.

Jim Marshall, Flood Incident Management Team Leader at the Environment Agency, said: "Flood wardens act as our eyes and ears and help to ensure communities have a plan in place so that everyone knows what to do in the event of a flood.

"They can pass on information about where the most vulnerable people are so that, in an emergency, they can be treated as a priority for evacuation."

Volunteers would get training and support in setting up local plans which allow parishes to plan their response in the event of a flood.

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