Listen out for flood sirens

THE ANNUAL annual test of the flood siren system in Lincolnshire will take place on Wednesday, August 13 between 9am and 3.00pm.

There is a network of coastal and inland flood sirens used to alert of danger - one of them positioned at Middle Rasen.

Clear advance warnings combined with effective flood protection schemes can reduce the impact of flooding and this siren system is a testament to the ongoing commitment of Lincolnshire County Council to community safety in Lincolnshire.

It is important to note that when a flood warning is received the Emergency Planning Unit work closely with the Environment Agency, Emergency Services, the District, City and Borough Councils and the local media who will be broadcasting up to date information. The flood siren system is part of this wider warning network.

Lincolnshire’s flood warning system comprises 40 flood warning sirens situated along the coastline and six at inland areas most at risk from river flooding, backed up by an emergency plan which gives valuable assistance in the event of flooding. It is important to test the sirens annually to ensure that they operate correctly and to carry out any necessary maintenance or repairs before the winter.

A full test of sirens situated along the Lincolnshire Coast from North Somercotes to Sutton Bridge, including Mablethorpe, Skegness, Boston and Spalding together with inland sirens in Louth, Horncastle, Market Rasen and Gainsborough will be carried out.

After this date, if the sirens are sounded it will indicate that a severe flood warning is in force and the public should listen to their local radio station for further information and advice.