Prepare for coastal storm surge says police chief as soldiers drafted into Lincolnshire

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Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes has told residents to prepare for a potential storm surge, as 100 soldiers begin to arrive in the county.

A tidal surge is expected to hit the Lincolnshire coast and the banks of the River Humber on the morning of Friday, January 13.

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Areas likely to be affected include the Trent valley in North Lincolnshire, the south banks of the Humber, the Lincolnshire coast stretching from North Somercotes to Gibraltar Point in particular, and the Wash, including Boston.

At this stage, the Environment Agency has not issued a flood warning, but an alert to be prepared.

The Humber and East Coast flood warnings

High tides on the Lincolnshire coast tomorrow are at roughly 6.30am and 6.30pm.

The Wash flood warnings

One hundred soldiers are currently travelling from Catterick in Yorkshire to Prince William Barracks in Grantham as part of this preparation.

The soldiers will then be sent to Skegness to inform residents about the potential for disruption.

Chief Constable Neil Rhodes. Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

Chief Constable Neil Rhodes, who also chairs the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, has once again urged residents to be sensible and not to go thrill-seeking.

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