All properties in Boston in Lincolnshire have been visited by a member of a community support team, so occupants’ needs can be assessed.
Lincolnshire Police says properties where nobody was home have been revisited at least once, and the team would continue to work to reassure the community that there is a visible and secure presence in the area.
– Superintendent Phil Vickers
Throughout this recovery phase, people from all agencies, businesses and charities have been working extremely hard to support the communities in Boston.
Members of the emergency services and uniformed agencies can be very easy to spot but there are others whose sterling efforts may not have been so obvious to the public.
I would particularly like to extend my thanks to the staff at Boston Borough Council, whose support in co-ordinating the recovery, and in helping to bring everything together, has been invaluable.
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.
The clean up is underway in parts of Lincolnshire after the worst flooding in more than 60 years.
The River Haven in Boston burst its banks last night, as the high tide created a massive storm surge.
More than 250 people had to be evacuated from their homes, as the town's new flood defences were breached, causing damage to many homes.
St Botolph's Church in Boston, Lincolnshire was affected by last night's flooding:
Thousands of fish are being evacuated from a sea life sanctuary following last night's flooding.
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary was flooded after the sea breached defences.
The fish are being moved to Weymouth in Dorset. The sanctuary's penguins are also likely to be moved until power is restored.
Travel in the Midlands has been affected by the recent onset of severe winds that have hit the UK, but it is not just the roads that have been affected.
Both the East and West Midlands have been issued with warnings of ice on the roads, as well as winds so strong they have overturned lorries in the last few days.
Whilst a man in Nottingham was killed yesterday by a falling tree, the Met Office are advising people to take care of falling debris.
East Midlands trains have also suspended a number of services this morning and anyone thinking of practising water-sports should take extra caution, whilst those with a canal boat or sailing boat should wear a buoyancy aid at all times.
High tide passed, Boston defences seem to have held - advice not to travel through town till 10am stands - latest... http://t.co/tyL5bGWIin
Multi-agency staff hard at it planning the Boston clean-up operation http://t.co/s4FkRWnx4C
Many train services in the Midlands are still facing delays and cancellations after the severe weather which has hit the country. Some of the companies affected include:
- Virgin Trains
- Great Anglia
- East Midlands Trains
- London Midland
- Grand Central
- Arriva Trains Wales
The scale of the damage from yesterday's storm surge is evident this morning in Basford, where a KIA garage is covered in debris.