Heavy rain causes flooding around Aslackby, Kirkby Underwood, Morton, Billingborough and Horbling

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HEAVY rain has caused flooding in many parts of Lincolnshire.

About an inch of rain fell on average this morning (Friday) causing flooding at the A15 Temple Road junction between Aslackby and Kirkby Underwood and in Laughton Lane, Morton.

There are also problems in Billingborough and Horbling, where firefighters have been using pumping equipment to reduce flooding in the area.

The Met Office issued a severe warning after heavy and persistent rain was forecast. The warning is in place until midnight tonight and heavy rain has also been forecast for tomorrow (Saturday) but with some sunny intervals. It will be unsettled on Sunday.

The Environment Agency has also issued flood alerts for the region.

Lincolnshire County Council said it was monitoring the situation and has flood rescue boats on standby.

Head of the Joint Emergency Management Service in Lincolnshire, David Powell, said: “Although there has been substantial rainfall this morning, there hasn’t been as much disruption as expected for residents and people trying to get around the county.

“Just 31 properties have reported surface water flooding, but we’d ask people to remain vigilant and be proactive, especially if they have suffered flooding in the past.

“Unless your home is in immediate danger of flooding, please do not contact your district council for sandbags.”

The county council is also working with the Environment Agency, Anglian Water and drainage boards to manage the water levels, keeping them low to try to ensure that they can cope with extra rain.

Operation delivery manager at the Environment Agency Leigh Edlin added: “Flood alerts are in place across the entire county which means that flooding is possible, so we are asking people to be prepared.

“We are working with our partners to monitor the situation, and we have teams out across the county checking rivers to make sure they are clear from obstructions.”

Rutland County Council is monitoring the situation in the county.

For the latest information, contact the Environment Agency’s Floodline Warnings Direct service on 0845 988 1188, 0845 602 6340 (for Type Talk), visit www.environment-agency.co.uk/floodwarning or on Twitter

To report a flood call South Kesteven District Council on 01476 406080.