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Sleaford-area villagers praise flood wardens and firefighters after torrential rain

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: July 11, 2012

FLOODS: Heavy rainfall led to flooding in Swaton. (Photo: JF-12-154-006)

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RESIDENTS of a Sleaford village have praised the efforts of flood wardens and the fire and rescue service who battled to prevent flood water from entering their homes.

Swaton was just one area to feel the effects of unprecedented rainfall. Others affected included Billingborough and Horbling.

West End Road in Swaton was one of the worst hit areas in the village and was closed off while fire and rescue services helped drain the water away.

Swaton Parish Council's vice chairman Andy Dunlop praised the work of the village's flood wardens and said: "We had one property flood. We were issued an amber flood alert but it flooded an hour before this warning came through.

"Luckily we have two very good flood wardens who went around the village before hand to let all the residents know there was a possibility of flooding.

"We are expecting another delivery of sand bags and our flood wardens are keeping up on predicted rainfall and warnings.

"We seem to get flooded once every year in the summer so we are prepared for this to happen."

As of Tuesday, when the Target went to print there were no flooding alerts in place for Swaton but villagers will be keeping a close eye on the matter.

Lincolnshire County Council and North Kesteven District council say they are also keeping an eye on the situation.

NKDC councillor Mike Gallagher, executive member with responsibility for emergency planning at the district, said: "Staff have been working tirelessly to ensure we have arrangements in place for communities that have flooded or that are in potential flood areas.

"Arrangements include ensuring a substantial stock of filled sandbags are ready for distribution and we have procedures in place to provide emergency deliveries of bulk sand and empty sandbags to affected communities for use by residents.

"We are working with partners and continually monitoring the situation."

NKDC is advising residents in affected communities to take precautions and refer to its website – www.n-kesteven.gov.uk – for further advice or call 01529 414155 or 01522 699699

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