News: THIRD helicopter may be on way to Wainfleet to repair breach in river as water levels remain very high

News: THIRD helicopter may be on way to Wainfleet to repair breach in river as water levels remain very high

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

Emergency services hope that a third RAF helicopter will be able to attend and help to repair a breach in the river at Wainfleet.

Two Chinooks are already dropping sandbags on the affected area to reduce the amount of water flowing through.

Water levels remain very high with many homes having been evacuated.

Emergency services are spread across the area, pumping water away.

 

And Tony Diggins, the head of communications for Lincolnshire Police, says it is hoped there will be a third sent to the scene later on tonight.

He told Lincolnshire Live : “There are two [helicopters] out and about.

“There could be another one later on possibly, depending when it finishes its other job.

“They are dropping sandbags to try to repair a breach in the river.”

An RAF Chinook that was deployed to try and stem the flow of water in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire, where streets and properties flooded after the town had more than two months of rain in just two days
(Image: PA)

More than two months’ worth of rain has fallen in the space of two day, sparking worrying scenes.

Thankfully, Mr Diggins said it is thought the water is on its way down.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has also issued an update, with a number of crews at the scene desperately trying to prevent water reaching the electrical substation.

A chinook being brought in to help fix a burst river bank on Thursday evening
(Image: PA)

It said: “Overnight and into this morning, crews assisted with house visits and evacuations, including to houses where electricity was lost.

“We have requested support from other services as a result, have eight high volume pumps at Burgh Sluice to pump water from one side of the sluice to the other to ease the water pressure.

“A crew from Wragby have been supporting the Environment Agency pumping out water to maintain the operation of the electrical substation at Wainfleet as a priority.”

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  2. Holbeach: 107.2mm
  3. Tetford: 99.2mm
  4. Raithby: 97.2mm
  5. Wainfleet: 94.4mm
  6. Louth: 93.2mm
  7. Ropsley: 93.2mm
  8. Holbeach: 92.4mm

 



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