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Two men save East Yorkshire town from flooding

It's been a difficult day for many communities on our East Coast as they deal with the aftermath of the storm surge.

But residents in one market town in East Yorkshire have two men to thank, for - in effect - saving them from potential flooding.

Because when John Daddy and Mike Goodhand spotted a hole in Howden's flood defences, they sprang into action, as Damon Green reports.


Buses put on to help get people in Wyberton to safety

Homes currently at risk of flooding in Wyberton are to the east of Wyberton Low Road and North of Slippery Gowt Lane, which includes the Riverside Industrial Estate.

Anyone living in this area is advised to either move upstairs or if you are unable to do so or have no place of safety to go to, the emergency services will visit your property to assist. Call 01522 782189 if you need assistance.

Buses are also in operation to assist moving people from the area. The buses are travelling along the B1397, along Tytton Lane East, Wyberton Low Road and left back to the Spirit of Endeavour Pub.

Flood defences breached near Wyberton

Flood defences has been breached near Wyberton posing a potential flood risk tonight.

All properties in this area should prepare for evacuation.

Emergency services are visiting homes that need to be evacuated.

Everyone else is asked to move to a safe place or out of the Wyberton area for the night.

If you are unable to do so or have no place of safety to go to, the emergency services will visit your property to assist.

There are no other issues in the Boston area and so no one outside Wyberton needs to evacuate.

Over the next few hours there will be an on-going operation by the emergency services to attempt to repair the breach. There will be significant activity in the area. Members of the public are asked to stay away from the area for their own safety and to avoid obstructing the emergency services.

Residents praised after tidal surge

Flooded street in Hull last night Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police praised people living on the East Yorkshire coast and in the areas around the Humber Estuary for their efforts over a 24-hour period which saw emergencies declared across the region.

Large areas of Hull were inundated by the tidal surge as well as scores of other waterside communities. Two villages along the River Trent, near Scunthorpe, were evacuated due to extreme threat posed by the water levels.

Humberside Police Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Donald said: "The Humberside region has been subject to exceptionally high tides with some levels the highest recorded in 60 years.

"Many flood defences were breached, with hundreds of people being rescued from their homes. At the peak, 16 severe flood warnings were issued in our area, which are only issued when flooding poses a significant threat to life.

"As the strategic commander, I was delighted with the multi-agency response in the area who worked in difficult circumstances through the night, many in flooded areas, protecting the public and in some cases rescuing them.

"Now the emergency is over, our response is in the recovery stage with local authorities now assisting those affected by the incident.

"I would also like to thank members of the public for their co-operation and support during testing times and the local media also deserve a lot of praise for keeping the public informed of developments quickly and effectively."

Richard Hannigan, chief fire officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said his firefighters rescued 181 people from floodwater during the alert as they dealt with 186 different flooding incidents.

Further north, communities along the North Yorkshire coast were starting the clear-up operation after a high tide failed to bring the record water levels experienced, especially in Whitby, where dozens of harbourside business were inundated.


Clean-up operation starts after floods

The storm hits Cleethorpes sea front Credit: ITV Yorkshire

As the clean up operation begins, teams from North East Lincs Council's neighbourhood services are assessing damage in the Cleethorpes sea front, Fitties and Yacht Club areas before taking whatever remedial action is required. That may take several hours after the tide has gone out.

Below is some general advice if you have experienced flooding

Contact your insurers as soon as possible and follow their advice. Most insurers have a 24hr helpline. Do not throw away damaged goods until your insurer has authorised you to do so. It is a good idea to take photographs of the damage.

Check the safety of electricity and gas before use. A qualified electrician needs to check any electrical equipment and circuits that have been exposed to floodwater.

Avoid contact with any remaining floodwater or items having had contact with floodwater unless wearing protective gloves / clothing

Boil all tap water until it is declared safe by the water supply company

Wash yours and your children’s hands frequently with bottled water if your supply has not been declared fit for use. Disinfect any children’s toys

Dispose of any contaminated food, including tinned food, defrosted food, and packaged food that have been exposed to floodwater

Seek medical assistance if any health issues appear, especially flu like symptoms.

Ventilate your property whilst taking care for security.

Do not throw rubbish and furniture outdoors; wait for an organised collection.

During these hard times, bogus / cowboy builders / traders are frequently offering their services. Make sure that you get a written quotation that is on letter headed paper with a landline contact number and address.

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Flooded fields in Lincolnshire

Flooding over north Lincolnshire, as air crews check for overhead power line network damage. Credit: Northern Powergrid /PA Wire

In Boston, Lincolnshire, more than 250 people were taken to evacuation centres last night, and 200 were reported to be at a centre in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.

Residents have now been told they can return home, but must check with police before entering their homes due to gas and electricity safety concerns.

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