£100 Floodline Lottery win for lucky Kathleen
Kathleen Ash has seen the sea trickle over the bank near her home in Chapel St Leonards and understands the unpredictability that goes with the territory so far as flooding is concerned.
Her home in Acacia Avenue is just a few minutes' walk from the beach and she says in the time she has been there it has come close to being flooded.
In 2013 she said it was within inches of the top of the defences, and actually trickled over in a few spots.
Now she is prepared. She has signed up for free flood warnings from the Environment Agency so at least if a flood should be imminent she would get better notice and have time to act.
And signing up has won Kathleen a £100 cash prize. She entered the monthly Floodline Lottery organised by Boston Borough Council and its sponsors and her name was first out of the hat for the March draw.
Kathleen, who lives in a bungalow - so no upper floor to escape to - registered with her landline and her email address, giving herself more chances to get a warning.
Kathleen said: "You can never be certain about what the sea may do, but I do feel safer now that I am signed up for flood warnings."
She said she had only just discovered she had won a competition prize of a few days holiday in the Peak district and would use her £100 Floodline Lottery winnings as spending money. She vowed to do the Euro Millions Lottery next as "third time lucky could be the big one".
The March Floodline Lottery draw was sponsored by UK Flood Barriers, the UK's leading flood specialists, project managing and delivering high-profile contracts nationwide for both public and private sector clients.
Since being established in 2007, the company has successfully delivered flood protection measures to more than 5,000 homes across almost 100 projects for major clients including the Environment Agency, local authorities, including Boston Borough Council, and leading UK construction companies. It was involved in a major property protection project in Boston after the disastrous 2013 flood.
So far the Floodline Lottery has awarded £400 in £100 cash prizes to lucky winners who all live in a flood risk area and signed up to Floodline.
To stand a chance of winning the next and final £100 cash prize send your details to Boston Borough Council for sign-up to the Environment Agency's Floodline system, agreeing to receive flood warnings 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 warnings 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 the cash available for five monthly £100 prize draws since December.
The Floodline Lottery is open to flood-risk residents in Boston borough, East Lindsey and South Holland.
To be in with a chance of winning the next £100 cash prize in the Floodline Lottery all you have to do is email your details by filling in the coupon at www.boston.gov.uk/floodlinelottery so you can be registered with the EA's Floodline Warnings Direct.
Kathleen receives her £100 cash Floodline Lottery prize from Richard Carroll, UK Flood Barriers contracts manager, through their Flood Angel flood door, which has been on display at Boston Borough Council offices