Lincolnshire’s last remaining flood sirens removed from Mablethorpe

A crane removes Lincolnshire's last final flood warning sirens from the roof of the old council offices in Mablethorpe.
A crane removes Lincolnshire's last final flood warning sirens from the roof of the old council offices in Mablethorpe.

A LAST remnant of the Second World War was erased this week as Lincolnshire’s final remaining flood warning sirens were taken away.

The sirens, which began life as Second World War air raid sirens, have been removed from the roof of the old Mablethorpe Town Council offices in Victoria Road.

A contractor carried out the work last week as the flood warning practice has now moved to the Environment Agency’s more modern alert system.

The sirens, which sounded loudly as the famous floods of 1953 hit, were decomissioned last March and Lincolnshire County Council began working to remove them all, finishing the job in Mablethorpe last week.

Following the nationwide Pitt Review after the 2007 summer floods, the decision was made to scrap the sirens as repairs became difficult because of their age and the new system means people who aren’t in the area at the time of the warning won’t miss out on crucial information.

Flood risk is on many people’s minds lately after reports that many homeowners in the Mablethorpe and Sutton parish may have difficulty insuring their homes when a government agreement ends next year.

The Environment Agency’s free flood warning service aims to give advanced notice of sea and river flooding so people can prepare themselves.

Four categories of early warning are used: flood watch, flood warning, severe flood warning and the all clear.

Floodline Warnings Direct sends out direct messages to people whose homes may be affected, via telephone, mobile, email, text message or even fax.

Sign up for flood warning alerts by calling 0845 9881188 or visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

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