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Jean signs up for flood warnings and WINS £100 CASH

The first lucky Floodline Lottery winner has been drawn from the hat. Jean Stevenson, of Almond Walk, Boston, signed up for the Environment Agency flood alerts through the Boston Borough Council promotion and earned herself £100 cash to spend before Christmas.

Jean escaped flooding at her home in 2013, but had friends who were flooded in Boston. She said: "They had four feet of water through. One of my friend's sons arrived to help his mum and his car was flooded."

Jean was flooded in the 1953 floods when she lived in Pulvertoft Lane. "It came up to the windows then," she said.

She received her £100 cash from December's Floodline Lottery sponsor Gravitas (International) Ltd.

Daniel Rosenberg, Operations Director for Gravitas International Ltd, took a detour from the company's HQ in Cheshire to present Jean with her winnings on his way to help out with flooding in Cumbria.

He said: "Anyone who has suffered, and continues to suffer, the utter devastation that flooding can cause would never wish to have that experience again. Gravitas is happy to support this initiative so that more are aware of a free service which gives warnings of imminent risk of flooding. This means that people at risk have time to do whatever is necessary to protect themselves, their families and their property."

Gravitas have used their expertise to produce a variety of DIY applications to resist flooding, including HydroSack and HydroSnake - modern alternatives to unwieldy and old-fashioned sandbags. Gravitas Hydro products are lightweight and easy to store and expand in water and limit leakage from floodwater - using water to defeat water.

Gravitas International has partnered with RS Components (www.uk.rs-online.com) to provide emergency flood mitigation to anywhere in the world on a 1-3 day delivery basis. The Hydro products are also available from B&Q, Homebase, Wickes, Amazon.co.uk, JT Atkinson and New Pig.

Find out more about Gravitas at www.gravitasint.com

The Floodline Lottery aims to encourage more to sign up for the Environment Agency warnings. Thanks to generous sponsors a number of £100 cash prizes will be awarded in the Floodline Sign-up Lottery. So far, with exposure on the internet, entries for the lottery have come in from all over the country, leading to new Floodline sign-ups from other at-risk areas. 

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Jean Stevenson receives her £100 Floodline Lottery winnings from Daniel Rosenberg, Operations Director for Gravitas International Ltd. Also pictured, left Boston Borough Council Leader Cllr Peter Bedford, and, right, the council's Chief Executive Phil Drury