Live: flooding updates

Your Council
15:27, Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Friday 22 November, 4.20pm

A Barrow Upon Humber Groundwater Flooding Community Newsletter [PDF, 170Kb] has been produced to offer information, advice and guidance to residents in Barrow upon Humber and the surrounding affected areas.

Friday 22 November, 4pm

Groundwater is likely to remain high for some time in Barrow. Responding organisations have operational teams ready to respond to any additional issues as they occur. All necessary checks are being done when water is being pumped into the beck.

Residents are asked to be aware of the risk of flooding and follow flood preparation advice available in the Flood Response Booklet [PDF, 4Mb].

If residents have any further flooding issues they should call:

  • North Lincolnshire Council on 01724 297000
  • Anglian Water on 03457 145 145
  • Environment Agency on 0845 988 1188 (floodline)


Thursday 21 November, 3.30pm

Reports of standing water in Midby Park in Barrow upon Humber. Residents are advised to be careful around flood water and not to allow children to play in floodwater areas.

Wash children’s hands frequently – particularly after playing outdoors and always before meals.

Seek medical advice, as under normal circumstances, if children are unwell with diarrhoea, fever or abdominal pain.

Infections in pets during and after periods of flooding are very rare. However, swallowing floodwater can cause stomach upsets or diarrhoea. It is advised to avoid direct contact with floodwater and prevent your pet from drinking flood water. Clean away mud and dry your pet well after outdoor access and wash your own and your children’s hands frequently when handling a pet that has been outdoors.


Thursday 21 November, 11.50am

The B1207 Appleby Lane/Ermine Street, from just north of Broughton to A18 is closed due to standing water. Please avoid the area.


Wednesday 20 November, 6.05pm

The latest update from Anglian Water is:

“Over a month’s worth of rain has fallen over the last week in parts of Lincolnshire, and in some areas our sewers are full to capacity. Our teams are currently helping those affected by flooding across the county and making sure our network is running as well as possible.

“Unfortunately, some residents in parts of New Holland and Barrow Upon Humber have been experiencing a loss of toilet facilities since the rainfall. Despite our engineers working to tanker the excess water away, the saturated ground and overwhelming of the sewer network, means that the water level is taking a long time to recede.

“We have deployed more tankers to the area and are working with North Lincolnshire Council to speak to customers who are still experiencing problems.

“Our advice to customers experiencing problems flushing their toilets is to limit the use of their washing facilities wherever possible, including the use of showers, dishwashers and washing machines. By reducing the amount of times these facilities are used it will reduce the pressure on the sewer network which will help the excess water subside quicker.

“If people are experiencing problems with their facilities, they should report this to us on 03457 145 145 or via Twitter or Facebook.”


Wednesday 20 November, 3.45pm

Anyone affected by flooding can access the ‘What to do after a flood’ advice about clearing up safely and the flooding: health guidance and advice.

Information to help prepare is available in the Flood Response Booklet from the Humber Local Resilience Forum [PDF, 4Mb].


Wednesday 20 November, 3.25pm

Residents in New Holland and Barrow upon Haven affected by sewage flooding are urged to keep away from sewage. Pets should be kept away from from the affected sites as well.

The council is on site working with Anglian Water to support residents and resolve the issue.

Any residents affected by sewage flooding can call the council on 01724 297000 and dial ‘0’ or Anglian Water on 03457 145 145.

Until things get back to normal, take care to:

  • wash your hands thoroughly if they come into contact with the flooded area
  • get rid of contaminated food, including cans
  • don’t eat contaminated crops from your garden or allotment
  • take extra care when preparing food
  • always wash your hands and store opened food in a sealed container
  • avoid using affected gas and electrical appliances until a qualified gas fitter or electrician has checked they’re safe.

Further advice is available on Anglian Waters’ website.