EMERGENCY services were overwhelmed by calls from members of the public at the height of last Thursday’s flooding.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue dealt with 155 incidents on Thursday afternoon and evening at a time when it would normally receive around 20 calls.
Horncastle and Woodhall Spa were among the worst affected places as the Fire and Rescue services helped residents and business owners with water pumping, salvaging property and general safety advice.
David Powell, head of the joint emergency management service in Lincolnshire, said: “The extreme weather conditions resulted in several incidents including flash foods, a tornado, traffic accidents and road closures.
“Teams from a number of organisations worked throughout the Thursday night to support the affected communities.
“Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured but we recognise the on-going impact on those affected by these events.
“We are working hard to repair damage and investigate events so that we can do as much as we can to prevent future flooding.”
In Horncastle, 1.6 inches of rain - the average for three weeks in June - fell in just 32 minutes between three-fifteen and three-forty-seven.
That torrential downpour led to flooding in several areas of the town including Bridge Street, West Street, North Street, Mark Avenue, Accommodation Road and Prospect Street.
There were unconfirmed reports of flooding at three of the town’s schools - the Primary School, QEGS and Banovallum. Myers Bakery and The Kings Head were among the many businesses flooded.
Fire engines were pumping water out of several premises on Thursday evening when the level of the River Bain rose by two feet three inches between four-thirty and six-thirty.
Several business premises were affected by flooding in Woodhall Spa, including The Mall Public House and a nearby hotel.
A couple from the Boston area were forced to re-arrange their wedding reception which had been booked at the hotel on Saturday.
There were reports of flooding in several villages, including Goulceby and Belchford where emergency services deal with a mudslide.
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Weather for Horncastle
Sunday 26 May 2013
Temperature: 6 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 10 mph
Wind direction: North west
Temperature: 7 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 21 mph
Wind direction: South west