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By Boston Target  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

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WE write in absolute disgust regarding the flooding in Boston last week.

We were all well aware that adverse weather conditions were on the way, and a lot of people were thankfully able to make preparations to limit the damage to their property.

At Langrick Bridge there were a few of the boating fraternity around checking and loosening boat ropes and making sure that there was sufficient slack for the boats and pontoons to rise on the anticipated incoming water.

At about 9pm the water had risen by no more than a foot. Some of the boats at Langrick, which previously had been stuck on the mud and leaning at an awkward angle, sighed with relief as the water lifted the hulls and the boats levelled with the incoming water.

The water then seemed to stop rising. The river stayed the same level and everything this end of Boston was completely quiet and trouble-free. Not so in Boston, apparently, where the water levels kept rising. The flooding began as waves of flood water poured into Boston town centre. Why were the sluice gates not opened at this point to allow the flood water in?

The gates had been open earlier, we were told, around 6.30pm but were soon closed again because of the incoming tide.

We cannot understand why the Grand Sluice gates and the Black Sluice gates were not opened, even a small amount, to accommodate some of the flood water.

Had this happened, then the flood water could have quite safely flowed along the two rivers (which have been kept at very low level for the past eight weeks or so) and been dispersed away from Boston town centre.

We were all expecting the waters to rise significantly as the flood was accommodated along the five mile stretches of both rivers, and further.

We are informed that the reason the gates were not opened was that the salt water may have killed some of the fish in the rivers and caused a problem for wildlife. Well boo-hoo! What value on fish, when people's livelihood and homes are at stake? The next outgoing tide would have rectified most of the problem with the salt water, and the numbers of fish/wildlife would have soon recovered.

Fish don't submit huge insurance claims.

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