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Nearly half a million people are at risk of flooding from sea and rivers in Greater Lincolnshire.

Communities are urged to prepare for flooding this winter with the Environment Agency warning to ‘ignore the danger at your own risk’.

In August this year, more than 100 homes were damaged by flash floods in Market Rasen, but the the community spirit of the city went through a difficult time.

The Environment Agency recently released data which shows that in West Lindsey, where Market Rasen is located, 18,394 people are at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea. the city of Lincoln, that number is 31,029 people.

Of the nine district councils, East Lindsey has the highest figure with 117,983 people at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea.

Amid an increase in extreme weather events caused by the climate emergency, the Environment Agency is launching an awareness campaign – Flood Action Week – to encourage those living in areas at risk of flood to act now to protect their homes, belongings and families.

Flooding in Market Rasen. | Photos: Dave Starling and Ben Togher

This week of flood action (November 7-13), the Environment Agency is urging people to follow these three simple steps:

The Environment Agency has now extended its flood warning service to reach nearly 50,000 new properties at risk of flooding. It hopes to exceed its target of providing new warning capacity for 62,000 properties at risk of flooding by this winter, bringing the number registered with the service to 1.6 million.

Ben Thornely, regional flood risk manager for the Environment Agency for Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, said: “Around 275,000 properties are at risk of flooding in Lincolnshire – yours could be one of them.

“We are doing what we can to manage this threat, but we can never prevent all flooding. That’s why it’s essential that you take a few moments to prepare. It could help protect you and your loved ones, your home and your belongings, saving you a lot of heartache and possibly tens of thousands of pounds on repairs.

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