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Tankers pump flood water from Lincoln street

By EGrover__LE  |  Posted: April 30, 2012

  • The flooded street in St Catherine's Grove, Lincoln

  • The flooded street in St Catherine's Grove, Lincoln

  • The flooded street in St Catherine's Grove, Lincoln

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Dozens of homes in a Lincoln street are at risk of flooding as tankers work to pump water from outside their front doors.

Residents of St Catherine's Grove spoke of their concern as they woke up to water lapping against their garden walls.

And there are fears more heavy rain could spell disaster for the low-lying street.

Just off Newark Road near South Common, the road has been closed as Anglian Water and Lincolnshire County Council try to clear the flood.

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Street water levels stood at around 1 ft in some parts.

And residents estimate the nearby Witham has risen by several feet during the recent wet spell.

It is thought the problems in the street began between 6am and 8am today.

Lincolnshire County Council provided sandbags to help people protect their homes and tankers were called in to pump away the water.

Simon Layland, 36, said: "I've heard it could have been caused be a valve in the river that has closed because the levels are so high.

"It's really good that the tankers are here and the levels have gone down but when they go the water is going to just come back again."

Keith Holmes, 68, said "They promised they would sort it out when it happened ten years ago, but it hasn't been fixed.

"I've had to cancel a specialist appointment because of this."

Mr Holmes' wife Pamela, 64, said: "I'm very concerned as we all are, but it's worse for people on the other side of the street."

People have begun to move electricals and other possessions from their ground-floor rooms in anticipation of more problems.

One elderly woman, who did not want to be named, said: "I'm not surprised because I've seen it all before.

"In 1947 it flooded here much worse than this. I won't be worried until the flooding reaches my back garden, as that's when it will enter my house.

"I am surprised however, of the amount of rain after last weeks drought announcements.

"I suppose it is the wrath of God."

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  • Phil1W  |  May 01 2012, 1:30PM

    I'm pleased to see the council brought in the right type of machine for the job. When people see fire engines pumping flood water many don't realise that fire engine pumps are not actually up to the job. A few years ago while living on Percy Street there was a massive thunder storm one teatime and the street just filled up, about 4 or 5 feet high at the bottom against the railway embankment wall. The fire brigade arrived and started pumping and basicly you could hardly see any difference. Then a council vacuum pump like the one in the picture turned up, they moved the fire engine out of the way and in what seemed like seconds the water went down. The tanker went off, emptied and was back a few minutes later and in a short time the job was done. As for delivering the water to a resevoir, in an ideal world it would be great. In our far from ideal world if the guys with the tankers can move the water away from these peoples property before too much damage is done I'm sure that they will be more than happy!

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  • Mr_Sneer  |  May 01 2012, 1:25AM

    "sorry mr sneer there is a reservoir at bbh on the grantham road it all under ground and there are 2 big water mains from there to westgate water tower," Yes, they hold drinking water. I wouldn't have thought that adding water that has been swilled around the street to them would be a terribly good idea, but maybe that's just me being fussy.

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  • Bob_Major  |  April 30 2012, 8:09PM

    I see the Humourectomy was a complete success Mr Smeer...

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  • aperock  |  April 30 2012, 6:03PM

    sorry mr sneer there is a reservoir at bbh on the grantham road it all under ground and there are 2 big water mains from there to westgate water tower,

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  • Mr_Sneer  |  April 30 2012, 4:54PM

    "I hope those tankers are taking the water to a pipe that leads to the local reservoir so that it can be recycled?" Doubtful, seeing as there isn't a local reservoir, let alone a pipe leading to it.

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  • Darrendoldrum  |  April 30 2012, 4:41PM

    @ ExoChat - love the avatar!

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  • ExoChat  |  April 30 2012, 3:48PM

    I hope those tankers are taking the water to a pipe that leads to the local reservoir so that it can be recycled?

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