Lincolnshire

Flooded roads could freeze over, drivers warned

Lincolnshire motorists are being warned to expect icy roads as road closures and flood warnings continue to cause havoc in the county.

As previously reported, nearly 50 flood warnings and alerts are in place, cars have been getting stuck, there are delays to public transport and some schools have closed due to the flooding.

Following the recent heavy rain, temperatures are expected to plummet on Friday evening. This could lead to icy roads across the county.

Lincolnshire’s gritters are now on-call 24/7 until April, keeping the county moving during the winter.

The team will be monitoring the weather around the clock, with the gritters ready to hit the road whenever needed. Keep up-to-date with the latest news from the gritting team by following @lincscc_roads on Twitter.

Darrell Redford, network resilience manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “There’s a lot of water on the roads at the moment so when the temperatures drop tonight we’re likely to have a lot of ice about.

“To give you an idea of the scale of what we’re dealing with, the team had around 40 flood-related issues to deal with last night (November 7), and many of them will be out again this evening on gritter duty.

“As usual, we’ll be treating every A and B road in the county – that’s nearly 2,000 miles of highway. We’ll also ensure that, where possible, there’s a treated link to all the main villages, schools and hospitals.

“While it’s impossible for us to grit every road, we aim to provide a safe route to and from every town and village. However, please remember that even treated roads can be hazardous, so do take care and drive to the conditions.”

Lincolnshire County Council is also using a new weather forecasting service to provide a more detailed picture of what’s happening across the county, helping them respond more effectively.