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£100 cash Floodline winners: You have to be in it to win it

The latest £100 cash Floodline Lottery winner is Amanda Ashbrook, of Sutton Bridge - a flood risk area close to the tidal River Nene.

Amanda's name was the first out of the January promotion hat after she submitted her details to the Floodline Lottery, agreeing to be signed up for automatic flood alert messages from the Environment Agency.

Generous sponsor for the January promotion was Mark Leafe, of Lincs Flood Defence, who is also sponsoring the February Floodline Lottery.

There is now another chance to win £100 cash in the February Boston Borough Council promotion, just by sending your details to us for sign-up to the Environment Agency's Floodline system, agreeing to receive flood alerts by landline, mobile phone, email and text message. It is best to sign up for as many of these as you can, giving more chance to be alerted to flood risk whether at home, at work or away from your address for any other reason.

Generous sponsors - Lincs Flood Defence, of Boston, Kier, UK Flood Barriers and Gravitas (International) Ltd - have made cash available for five monthly £100 prize draws between December and April.

December's lucky winner was Jean Stevenson, of Almond Walk, Boston.

Mark agreed to be a sponsor after his properties were badly affected in the 2013 flood in Boston. 

A builder, he is now one of just eight BSI kite-marked certified Flood Professionals installers in the country. 

He has now installed flood prevention measures in more than 100 properties in and around Boston. William and Janet Clifton, of 94 Skirbeck Road, have had a flood door, flood barrier and air brick flood covers installed by Mark and his son James.

Mr and Mrs Clifton were already signed up to Floodline when disaster struck on the December night in 2013, and they received the flood alert issued by the Environment Agency.

Unfortunately they were far away from home, enjoying a family holiday with their daughter in France.

"There was nothing we could do other than hope we had not been affected. When we got home and opened the front door the first thing that hit you was the horrible fusty smell and then the squelch underfoot where the carpets were soaked," said Mr Clifton.

"Had we been here I think I could have prevented a lot of it. I have a huge tarpaulin which would go all the way round the house. I think I could have weighted it down at the doors and kept the worst of it out.

"Our answer phone light was winking and there was the flood alert message from the Environment Agency to our landline.

"We were just unlucky to be away. It was bad enough for us - carpets had to be replaced and furniture had been damaged, but it only affected certain lower-lying parts of the house. The conservatory at the back, which is a step down, was badly flooded. But others near us had it a lot worse.

"We are equipped now, but hope, of course, that it never happens again. It is definitely a sensible thing to sign for the flood alerts - it doesn't cost anything."

The Floodline Lottery is open to flood-risk residents in Boston borough, East Lindsey and South Holland.

To find out more about services offered by  Lincs Flood Defence call Mark on 07816 851 614 or email info@lincsflooddefence.co.uk

To be in with a chance of winning the next £100 cash prize in the Floodline Lottery all you have to do is complete the coupon on page 3 so that we can register you with the EA's Floodline Warnings Direct. Send to: Floodline Lottery, Communications, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 8QR, to reach us no later than 9am Monday, February 29.

You can also email your details by filling in the coupon at www.boston.gov.uk/floodlinelottery

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BBC Radio Lincolnshire breakfast show presenter Scott Dalton, who lives in Boston, interviewing William and Janet Clifton, left, at their home about their flood experience and Mark Leafe, of Lincs Flood Defence, about his work on Boston properties flood prevention measures and the Floodline Lottery.