THE Secretary of State for environment, food and rural affairs visited the worst flood-hit areas of Boston.
Owen Patterson was taken on a tour by Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds and Boston Borough Council leader Peter Bedford.
They met home owners and shop keepers rallying round with help from friends and neighbours to rescue their properties from the ravages of the disaster.
Sam Seaton invited them into her home in Station Street.
Outside on the pavement was most of her ground floor carpets and furnishings – ruined by muddy flood water and awaiting collection by the borough council bin lorries making tours of the town.
She showed them how high the flood water had risen in her living room and kitchen and they spoke while engineers worked to reconnect gas and electricity supplies to the property.
Councillor Bedford said: “
Cllr Bedford said: “It is tragic that we have had to have this kind of proof for the undeniable need for the flood barrier. The Secretary of State left Boston in no doubt, he has seen the consequences with his own eyes. The borough council, the MP, Lincolnshire County Council, the Environment Agency and the flood defence committee are all agreed that there can be no delay and will be putting that in a joint letter to Mr Patterson.
“Nothing could have been done to resist this flood – it cut through defences, knocked down walls and pushed through masonry, but the people of Boston have shown their Dunkirk spirit and have set about the clean-up with the help of volunteers and council staff and other partner agencies.
“Some were back in full business less than 24 hours later. Christmas is still coming and we need to support those local.”
Further along the road home owner Scott Drury was still stripping ruined dripping wet carpets out. He thanked the trio for their visit and their concern, but still had a thought for others who he said were affected more than he was.
In Wormgate they visited a tattoo shop where work was underway to get ready to open for business, and a hairdressers which, despite the damp, had heaters going full blast and ladies in the chairs having their hair done.
They were given a tour of Boston Stump by the Rev Chris Wedge where they saw a clean-up operation underway there so that services could be held as usual. They heard how the incredible weight and force of water had squeezed its way through the masonry and overturned heavy furniture.
It was there that Mr Patterson faced a barrage of TV cameras and radio microphones to answer questions about the planned Boston Barrier Scheme businesses more now than ever before.”
Boston’s Asda supermarket staff, led by community champion Steve Bromby, were out on Saturday delivering food parcels to those most in need, Tesco supplied the Boston Food Bank and the Red Cross were out in town assisting and delivering aid packages and other groups came forward with offers of hot meals.