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Billionaire James Dyson’s farm flooded after River Delph breach near Coningsby

Over 200 acres of farmland in Lincolnshire owned by billionaire inventor James Dyson have flooded after the River Delph breached its banks.

Beeswax Dyson, which owns the land near Coningsby, first noticed a 35-feet breach on Friday morning but the situation has escalated quickly.

The company has called on the Environment Agency to come up with a plan and send staff on-site to deal with the breach as soon as possible.

It’s the second time in as many months that farmland owned by Beeswax Dyson has been flooded.

As previously reported, people living in Ruskington made desperate attempts to save their valuables when floodwater surrounded their bungalows and started to seep inside.

Water is flowing through the breach. Photo: Beeswax Dyson

Low lying properties near Glebe Farm are the most at risk, with some pictures showing homes completely surrounded by water.

The Internal Drainage Board has been on site trying to divert the floodwater from the farm.

Ben Wills, head of property at Beeswax Dyson, told Lincolnshire Reporter: “We got a call this morning from one of our farmers who said that they had a problem with floodwater.

Homes are surrounded by floodwater. Photo: Beeswax Dyson

“At first light, it became very apparent that there had been a big breach in the river. We’ve been trying to evacuate people and move any equipment out of the way.

“In the space of the last hour, we have seen a big surge through the burst bank and its spreading through the farms very quickly.”

The flood information service said heavy rain in the Witham catchment area is causing high river levels and significant flooding of farmland.

The Environment Agency is on the scene. Photo: Beeswax Dyson

A spokesperson said: “The situation is evolving and potentially there could be property flooding.

“Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings. Please avoid contact with floodwater.

“Our staff are out in the area to check the flood defences and assist the Emergency Services and Council.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and this message will be updated as the situation changes.”

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly. 

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