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Residents urged to be prepared for flooding in Boston

By Boston Target  |  Posted: October 08, 2012

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RESIDENTS in Boston are being urged to make vital steps to be prepared for potential flooding.

To help raise awareness of the importance of being prepared, Boston Borough Council, the Environment Agency and Lincolnshire County Council are launching a six-month campaign to increase the number of households that have completed a flood plan and signed up to receive flood warnings.

Leader of Boston Borough Council councillor Peter Bedford said: "Our coastline is now better protected than ever before as the Boston Barrier will represent a further substantial investment in our local defences.

"We continue to work closely with our partners to ensure we have plans in place to cope if flooding does happen.

"But local residents and communities can take simple steps to help reduce the risk and that's what our campaign aims to achieve."

The council is keen to encourage people who are at risk of flooding to Make a Call and Make a Plan. By signing up to the Environment Agency's free warning service, Flood line Warnings Direct, residents will receive the earliest possible warning if flooding is predicted.

Head of Lincolnshire emergency planning, David Powell, said: "Investment in flood defences has made Boston, East Lindsey and South Holland better protected than at any time.

"We have developed plans and procedures to protect and evacuate people in the event of flooding, and we regularly practice these to ensure their effectiveness.

"Whilst we cannot prevent or control these types of disaster, it is important to understand the hazards we face, what the effects can be, what we can do, and the steps we can take to ensure we stay safe and recover as quickly as possible."

People living in coastal areas are asked to sign up for the free flooding warnings service, Flood Warning Direct by calling 0845 9881188 or download a template Flood Plan at www.lincolnshireprepared.co.uk .

Mr Powell added: "Individual action is important, but communities can work together to put plans in place.

"Only by working in partnership can we reduce the risk of flooding to ourselves, our families and our communities.

"We're prepared for coastal flooding in Lincolnshire – are you?"

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