Due to ‘unprecedented high water levels’ on the River Trent at Torksey Lock, residents have been warned to prepare for more potential flooding, despite there being less rain over the weekend.
As well as the Trent, the Thames has broken its banks in places with the Environment Agency issuing more than 600 flood alerts or warnings in England. Several roads are also closed in Lincolnshire and flooding has affected areas of the South West as well.
Residents in parts of Lincolnshire have been told to prepare to evacuate their homes if the flooding continues to escalate. People living in Torksey Lock are not currently advised to leave their properties but they have been told they should be prepared, ‘should the situation change.’
Lincolnshire County Council has issued an update, warning “after the heavy rains and driving winds of Storm Henk, the localised impact on Lincolnshire is being felt.” More road closures across the county are also now in place, including the Trent Bridge at Gainsborough, with the closure expected to remain in place throughout tonight (Saturday, January 6).
The county council states: “Due to unprecedented high water levels on the River Trent at Torksey Lock, residents are advised to prepare for potential flooding. Officers from Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have been visiting properties in the affected area today (6 January) and will continue to visit residents today and tomorrow.”
Head of Highways Asset at Lincolnshire County Council, Richard Fenwick said: “We have been working through the night to help where we can and we’re solving issues as quickly as is possible. Our teams have been working tirelessly since the storm hit and will continue to do so. The issues that we recently faced from Storm Babet, which left a lot of the county soaked for many weeks, are now impacting on what we’re dealing with in the wake of Storm Henk.
“Our officers are on site to be able to assess and direct resources where best needed and we will continue our efforts to help out anywhere we can in order to keep the county moving.”
The clean-up has also begun after recent flooding along the River Severn in Worcester, which means roads and footpaths are reopening.
Worcestershire County Council crews are out conducting drain clearance and road sweeping before opening up roads in the city.
Highways revealed Tybridge Street will be officially reopening tomorrow and a contraflow system will be put in place to allow access to the retail park.
Hylton Road is still expected to be closed tomorrow and a contraflow is still in place across Worcester Bridge.
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A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said: “Drain clearance and road sweeping are underway at Tybridge Street, Worcester Retail Park and it will reopen tomorrow.
“Tybridge Street will open as contraflow to access Aldi, The Range & McDonald’s.
“Hylton Road is still closed & will remain closed tomorrow.”
Sabrina Bridge remains closed.