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Grantham is a safe haven for families evacuated from flood-hit east coast town

Haven flood by Tom Lee

Haven flood by Tom Lee

Families evacuated from flooded parts of Boston, reported as being the worst flood in living memory, are being transported to Grantham and Caythorpe.

By about 7pm this evening (Thursday), the River Haven in Boston burst its banks, flooding streets throughout the town centre – with many people evacuated to the town’s Princess Royal Sports Arena (PRSA) or urged to stay upstairs away from the water.

The PRSA itself went on to be evacuated as it, too, is on a flood plain. The people there are being taken to PGL Caythorpe and the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham to stay overnight.

The Journal’s sister newspaper, the Boston Standard, is covering the situation as it unfolds. One resident, Alan King, of Kings of Stickney, was one of the bus drivers helping to transport people.

He told The Standard: “The council called us at 3pm and asked us if we had any buses available to take people to Caythorpe and different venues so we answered the call.

“One of our buses has already gone to Caythorpe and we will be here until we are needed.

“This goes to show people can come together.”

There is a significant presence of emergency services in flood-hit Boston tonight. A police spokesman said: “There is life-threatening risk to residents in certain parts of Boston. Flooding has already been reported in some streets in Boston as the Haven has risen substantially.”

** Grantham is expected to avoid weather problems seen further east of the county tonight. There are no flood warnings in place for the River Witham, according to the Environment Agency.

** Did the winds witnessed in the Grantham area earlier today affect you or your property? Call the newsdesk on 01476 562291 or e-mail your pictures to comment@granthamjournal.co.uk

 

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