What is the risk of river & surface water flooding to Lincolnshire?

Rivers and streams
River sometimes referred to as ‘Fluvial’ flooding is when waterways (rivers and streams) overflow or breaches in their banks causes water to flow into the surrounding areas.

Surface water
Known as ‘pluvial flooding’ (where rainfall overwhelms the drainage systems). Surface water flooding is when the amount of rainfall exceeds the ability of the drainage system to take the excess water away. When the rainfall reduces or stops, the drains generally manage to remove the excess water over a period of time.

You can download the information used on this page via a bite-size risk information document.

How could flooding
affect you and your property?

  • Risk to life
  • Disruption to utilities (electricity and water supply)
  • Damage to property, businesses and agricultural land
  • Widespread structural damage
  • Risk to life of livestock
  • Flooding of properties for up to 14 days
  • Pollution and contamination of local environments
  • Evacuation of residents
  • Long term damage to tourism
  • Short, medium and long term businesses and agriculture
  • Loss of accommodation for those whose homes or businesses are flooded
  • Damage to national critical infrastructure (North Sea oil and gas installations)
  • Unrecoverable damage to businesses

We can all be better prepared to
respond and recover from flooding

Follow these practical steps so you and your family can be better prepared for flooding.


Check if your home is at risk

Find out if your property is within a flood risk area.


Create an evacuation plan

Plan where you will go if you have to evacuate and how you will get there.


Prepare your property

Fit appropriate flood protection devices to your property.


Identify vulnerable neighbours

Identify neighbours who may need assistance or who may be able to provide assistance to you, in case of evacuation.


Have supplies in your home

Tinned food, long life products, none-cook food and alternative cooking methods such as BBQs and camping stoves will help you to cope for up to three days if you are unable to evacuate

How to prepare
your business

How to prepare
your community

Lincolnshire Resilience Forum

What is being done to become
better prepared?

We work together to:

  • Prioritise support to vulnerable residents in the highest risk areas.
  • Assist people to evacuate an area if they require it.
  • Provide a helpline so people can request support.
  • Produce multi-agency plans so that every responding organisation knows what they can do, at the right time, to support people who may be affected by flooding.
  • Test the multi-agency plans through a variety of exercises.
  • Keep the public informed of the changing situation via local media stations, social media and the LRF website.
  • Maintain two-way communication with central government to ensure that any additional national resources can be provided to support the local response.

We can request military support when it is appropriate to assist with the response and rescue phase.

Lincolnshire County Council is our Lead Local Flood Authority and is responsible for pluvial flooding from overwhelmed drains.

Report overwhelmed drains to Lincolnshire County Council

The Environment Agency is responsible for fluvial flooding where waterways overflow their banks into surrounding areas.

Report damage to river banks or coastal defences to the Environment Agency

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