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Boston people left upset and confused by flooding, says Mayor Paul Kenny

By HGilbey_LE  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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The devastating flood waters that surged through Boston at high tide this evening have left people 'shocked' and 'confused', according to its Mayor.

Paul Kenny says some business owners have been in tears, devastated by the damage that flood waters have left to their shops just weeks before Christmas.

"There are a couple of hundred houses in Boston that have been flooded this evening," Mr Kenny said.

"There are lots of people who are very confused and not sure what to do.

"We are just about two weeks away from Christmas.

"With timing it is probably the worst time anyone could ever want this kind of incident to happen in the town.

"I have been talking to business owners in the town who have been crying - this was a Thursday when they were opening late to raise money for their businesses."

Mr Kenny has been out this evening speaking to residents and helping with the flood efforts.

He said emergency services are remaining in the town ready to deal with another possible surge at the next high tide, at 8am tomorrow.

"We have got more and more emergency services coming into the town this evening," he added.

"We are just swamping it with rescue people to make sure we have got the right amount of people.

"The problem is that it is getting darker, and as it is getting dark it gets colder as well.

"With darkness and the cold and water, it is not a good environment for people really.

"Hopefully by tomorrow morning we can put a recovery stage into place, and at that stage we can start helping people."

Other parts of Lincolnshire have also been badly affected, with seawaters breaking barriers at Cleethorpes and Skegness.

However Boston remains badly hit with hundreds of households initially evacuated to the Princess Royal Sports Arena.

After the centre became threatened by flooding, 350 to 400 people have been further moved to an overnight centre at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham.

The Community Centre in Hall Lane at Stickney is also still open for people wanting to escape the flood waters.

Check back to the Lincolnshire Echo for the latest updates on the situation.

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