Drone Footage Reveals Shocking Extent Of Floods In Lincolnshire

Hundreds of train passengers were also left stranded by a landslide in Northamptonshire.

Drone footage has revealed the extent of the flooding in Lincolnshire where emergency services had to rescue residents from their homes.

A Royal Air Force helicopter was also drafted in after a river burst its banks in Lincolnshire.

A Chinook helicopter was deployed in the town of Wainfleet to drop sand in an attempt to stop the flow of water after the River Steeping burst its banks on Tuesday evening following 72 hours of heavy rainfall in Lincolnshire.

Residents and fire crews worked around the clock, filling sandbags and pumping water, but struggled stem the flow.

Seventy properties were hit by flooding, but Lincolnshire County Council warned that up to 720 could be affected after it said the town had more than two months of rain in just two days.

Properties in the area are expected to be without power until Friday afternoon.

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Sue Simmons, Clerk of Wainfleet All Saints Town Council has praised firefighters and residents.

She told Lincolnshire Live: “the community really came together”.

Elsewhere hundreds of passengers were stranded because of a landslide and a military helicopter was deployed when a river burst its banks following heavy rainfall which caused disruption to parts of the country.

A landslip near Corby, Northamptonshire, stopped an East Midlands Train from London to Nottingham on Thursday and saw a second train that came to rescue them also become stuck.

Around 400 passengers were stranded for up to eight hours before being evacuated and one person was treated at the scene in an ambulance by paramedics.

The train operator apologised to the customers involved in the incident, calling it a “challenging situation” due to rubble and serious flooding curbing rescue efforts.

Some East Midlands Trains routes were still affected on Friday morning with National Rail engineers on site to clear the line.

Some 15 flood warnings and 51 flood alerts were issued by the Environment Agency on Friday, with the majority in place across the Midlands and North West.

As of June 12, the UK has seen 65.7mm of total rainfall.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said that despite the treacherous conditions, June 2012 remained the wettest on record with 149mm.

“Although we are at a point where some areas have seen their full amounts of monthly rain, so far we don’t think we’re on track to beat the 2012 record as a wet June,” he said.

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“It’s something we do get now and again, which is obviously unwelcome for those people who have wanted to enjoy nicer weather.”

Showers are expected over the weekend but conditions are due to settle down, temperatures are anticipated to rise and no further weather warnings have been issued, the Met Office said.

Warmer air building over Europe will see higher temperatures in parts of the South East next week, with the potential of sunny spells hitting the mid-20s.


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