No flood warning for River Bain in Horncastle


The Environment Agency has tonight (Thursday) played down concerns about possible flooding from the River Bain in the Horncastle area.

Several residents contacted the News to say the Bain was near to overflowing in several areas - including the town centre close to Tesco car park.

It followed heavy rain in the Horncastle area for most of the day.

According to the Environment Agency, the Bain peaked at around 0.98m at a measuring station near to Kirkby on Bain at 3pm this afternoon.

The agency states that flooding is ‘possible’ when water levels reach 1.5m.

The rain stopped by 4pm and according to the Environment Agency website at 5pm, there were no flood warnings in place for the Bain.

Resident Steve Anderson told the News: “The water was close to coming over near to Tesco and it’s probably as well it stopped raining when it did.

“There were a few worried people around.”

A Horncastle News reporter was at the Conging Street area at 5.15pm and the Bain was flowing at the bottom of the steps near to the Tesco bridge - still higher than usual but a few feet below the road level.

The town has, of course, suffered from flooding in recent years.

A multi-million pound project is underway to build new defences north of the town near to the village of Hemingby.

*Details of at risk areas are available from the Environment Agency website or from 0345 9881188.