Fiskerton residents can return to their homes (Storm Babet)
We are now in a position to advise that all residents of properties affected by the damaged riverbank and high river levels in Fiskerton can return to their homes.
A total of 116 properties were advised to evacuate earlier this week by the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, after damage to two sections of the bank totalling 50m in length following Storm Babet.
The bank is still holding the river water and it is being monitored closely.
The safety of residents has remained our priority while responding to the changing situation, and teams from the Environment Agency (EA) have been working hard to put in place measures that will allow us to act quickly should circumstances change.
While the riverbank will take some weeks to fully repair, a 24-hour surveillance system operated by EA means we can take quick action to ensure those potentially affected can move out quickly.
As a result, residents can now return to their properties.
While the weather forecast for this weekend remains encouraging and there is an expectation that river levels will drop, we are also aware that this can change quickly.
For those who do choose to return, and for other residents who have opted to stay during the last week, please stay up-to-date by the following methods:
- Tune into media announcements via radio, television and social media. Lincolnshire Resilience Forum has a Facebook (www.facebook.com/Lincolnshireresilienceforum) and Twitter account.
- Visit the Lincolnshire County Council’s live incident feed: https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/
- Stay close to your phone in the event of emergency evacuation.
The information centre at Fiskerton will be open for updates, between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and 10am and 2pm Sunday. Please check the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum website for more details.
In the event of an evacuation, West Lindsey District Council will help with emergency accommodation for those that cannot source alternative accommodation with friends/family.
Call during normal office hours 9am-5pm on 01427 676676, alternatively you can contact us out of hours on 01427 613960.
You can also sign up for flood warnings at: www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings