East coast surge prompts people to sign up for flood warnings
More than 2,000 new sign-ups to Floodline were logged in just 2 days in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
More than 2,000 people in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire signed up for flood warnings in just two days when flooding threatened the east coast in January.
The number of local registrations jumped by 7 per cent, Environment Agency figures have shown.
Nearly all the new sign-ups occurred on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th January 2017 when forecasters predicted that high tides combined with weather conditions could cause widespread coastal flooding.
Fortunately the event passed without flooding any homes in either county, but the Environment Agency is reminding everyone to sign up, as figures show that only 18 per cent of the total number of properties at risk in the area are fully registered.
Anyone can check whether they are at risk and register for warnings by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188. You can also make sure your contact details are up-to-date and choose how you’d prefer to be contacted – by mobile, text, landline or email – if flooding was expected.
Ben Thornely, Area Incident Manager, said:
We’re glad to see people listened to our advice during the surge. It means another 2,000 families will have early warning should flooding be expected – early warning that could give them extra time to protect themselves and their homes.
That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to sign up now – before the next surge or storm.
The service is free, and it’s the most simple, specific and timely way to find out when you’re at risk. You can tell us how best to reach you with vital information that’s updated every 15 minutes.
All it takes is a simple phone call or you can visit www.gov.uk/flood to find out more.
Notes for editors:
In January, the amount of fully-registered properties increased by 7 per cent, from 28,500 to 30,500.
However, only 18% (30,500) of the 169,500 of properties at flood risk in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire are registered with Floodline.
People who proactively contact Floodline to provide their contact details and preferred method of contact are considered to be fully-registered.
Published: 8 March 2017
From: Environment Agency