Final £100 Floodline Lottery winner
The final £100 Floodline Lottery winner has spoken of her first-hand experience of the dreadful impact of flooding.
Lucky Claire Smith, of Fenside Road, picked up her cash winnings from sponsors Kier Boston, after her name was the one to be pulled from those who signed up for flood warnings. She recalled how unlucky her heavily-pregnant sister had been on the night of Boston's catastrophic flood of December, 2013.
Her sister's home near Sluice Bridge was overwhelmed by the flood as tidal water poured over the riverbank.
Claire (21) said: "She tried to move what she could upstairs, but it was too late. She and her husband got themselves to safety upstairs, but they lost everything on the ground floor. The water was waist deep.
"The baby was born in March, but they couldn't return home for months. They had to move in with friends, with their new baby.
"I have seen at first hand how damaging a flood can be, which is why I have now signed up for flood warnings. I do not live very far from the river."
She was presented with her £100 by David Marsden, business manager for Kier Boston. Claire said she will spend the money buying a replacement bicycle for her boyfriend after his was recently stolen.
Kier has been busy in the town since the 2013 flood carrying out flood resilience improvements such as flood doors, flood barriers, one-way foul water valves and air brick covers.
All those who have entered the Floodline Lottery over the past five months have been signed up for flood warnings from the Environment Agency. Five were lucky winners of £100 each thanks to sponsors Lincs Flood Defence, of Boston, Kier, UK Flood Barriers and Gravitas (International) Ltd.
You can still be prepared for flooding by signing 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. Go to http://bit.ly/1bUGN8B