News: Officials respond after claims badgers caused Wainfleet floods

News: Officials respond after claims badgers caused Wainfleet floods

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

Officials have responded to widespread claims badgers helped caused severe floods at Wainfleet.

The town was battered by heavy rainfall last week, leaving much of area submerged by water on Tuesday, June 12

Hundreds of locals have been forced to move out them homes while Lincolnshire’s emergency services continue to deal with the aftermath of the flooding.

Now, some angry locals say they believe badgers may have weakened the banks of the River Steeping.

In 2016 MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Warman raised questions in parliament about the Environment Agency’s plan to create artificial setts to try and lure away badgers to stop the damage they were causing to local flood defences.

Flooding in Wainfleet
(Image: Anna Draper / Lincolnshire Live)

The EA spent over £300,000 to provide a new sett for badgers, to lure them away from the one they had built in the banks of the river.

But this hasn’t stopped people from claiming badgers have had something to do with the crisis.

One resident went to Twitter to raise his concerns he said: “‘00s of homes flooded and evacuated. ‘000s of acres of prime agricultural land inundated. All because of badgers.”

Gordon Cook also said: “Wainfleet has flooded and badgers are being blamed for weakening the riverbank.”

The county has seen an unprecedented amount of rain fall
(Image: Anna Draper / Lincolnshire Live)

However, now the Environment Agency has responded to those claims and said that they are not to blame.

 

In a statement to the BBC a spokesperson said: “The breach in this flood bank was not caused by badgers.

“The banks were put under extraordinary pressure because of the extreme amount of rainfall.”

Flooding in Wainfleet
(Image: Anna Draper / Lincolnshire Live)

On Sunday, June 16, the Environment Agency set up a massive pump to try and lower the waters after they began to enter Thorpe Culvert pumping station.

Residents living in and around Wainfleet have been told they can start using their toilets again, but have been urged to flush them as little as possible as the flooding means there is reduced capacity in the sewage system.

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People are also being urged to take showers instead of baths and make them as brief as possible as water from this goes into the waste system along with toilet water.



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