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We're prepared for coastal flooding - are you?

AS we move into the storm season, the county's emergency response agencies are encouraging local communities to make sure they have taken steps to prepare for any 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, Cllr Peter Bedford, said: "Our coastline is now better protected than ever before, the Boston Barrier will represent a further substantial investment in our local defences and we 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.

"We're keen to encourage people who are at risk of flooding to Make a Call and Make a Plan. Sign up to the Environment Agency's free warning service, Flood line Warnings Direct, to receive the earliest possible warning if flooding is predicted.  Complete a Flood Plan for your household so you know what to do in a flood-related emergency. Some towns and parishes have already created their own flood plans and for those who haven't we'd ask that this is given some serious consideration."

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. 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?"

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

You can also call into Boston Borough Council's offices and pick up a flood plan template and information from the main reception