The Environment Agency has issued a River Witham and associated Fens from Chapel Hill to Boston.

River levels remain high in the River Witham in response to recent heavy rainfall. The rise in river levels has already caused flooding of low lying land and roads along the Lower Witham, and there is now a possibility that properties will be affected throughout today, Saturday, 30th January and for the next few days. Low lying properties near the river are most at risk. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings. Please avoid contact with flood water. Avoid riverside paths and please stay away from river embankments.

Staff from the Environment Agency are out in the area to check the flood defences, clear blockages, and assist the emergency services and council. A spokesperson advised that staff will be closely monitoring the situation and an update will be given on Sunday, 31 January or as the situation changes.

A further Flood Alert for properties aside the South Forty Foot Drain, which runs from the the Black Sluice Pumping Station near The Range in Boston, through to Pinchbeck has also been issued.

The Environment Agency manages flood risk within the South Forty Foot Drain and through the Black Sluice Gravity Sluices and Pumping Station in Boston, where the water discharges into The Haven. The South Forty Foot Drain is mainly fed by embanked channels managed by the Environment Agency and by a network of drains and pumping stations operated by the Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board. The embanked channels (also known as highland water carriers) channel water from the high ground of the catchment, across the fenland.

Following the recent rainfall across Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, we are monitoring river levels across our catchments. There are currently 11 flood warnings and 25 flood alerts across the whole area.

River levels are dropping gradually, but because the catchments remain saturated from the rain of the past month, this is taking some time.

Our teams continue to work to check flood risk management assets and identify what work we need to do with partners to prepare for the forecast rain.

The public are advised to take care around flood waters and swollen rivers. Sign up for our free flood warning service https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings and to check flood warnings here: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings.

SpokespersonThe Environment Agency

A flood alert means flooding is possible – be prepared.

A flood warning means flooding is expected Рimmediate action required