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Wainfleet flooding - LRSN is still here to help

The flooding at Wainfleet in mid-June came as a huge shock to farming families and businesses. But now, more than four months after the event, LRSN is still available to help farming families who've been affected by the floods.

LRSN is part of the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, which, at the height of the flooding event, was co-ordinating over 500 staff and volunteers from the Forum member organisations. LRF described the Wainfleet floods as "one of the largest and most prolonged emergencies that this county has experienced in recent years". It went on to say: "The professionalism, dedication and overwhelming team ethic is a credit to all of our organisations."

LRSN is very proud to be part of the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum's team and to be offering help and support where and when it is needed.

NEWS JUST IN: The community are invited to come along to see the results of the recent EA survey, learn what this information tells us and share their views. Find out more about how organisations are working together on producing a catchment action plan and reducing flood risk in the Steeping catchment.

Please drop in to see the displays and talk to us between the times below. Batemans Brewery has kindly agreed to host two community events on:  Thursday 7 November, 2pm to 8pm and Saturday 9 November, 11am to 5pm.

We are now well into the "recovery" phase of the operation, and the need for practical help on the ground is lessening with East Lindsey District Council co-ordinating the recovery process. But we are conscious that there is a lot of worry and concern about the future, so our caseworker, Lea Schofield and Rev Canon Alan Robson, the county’s agricultural chaplain, have been visiting families in the area in the past weeks. They will continue to be available to chat and support local families, in person, for as long as they are needed.

If you would like to arrange for Lea and Alan to call in, please contact LRSN’s project manager, Alison Twiddy, on 07725 203560. Or if you would like to talk through your problems, our Helpline (0800 138 1710)  which is open from 8 am to 6 pm every day of the year, is manned by farming folk who are happy to listen and will always refer you for further help if you need it.

In the meantime, we have put together a pack of useful information – you can download it from this page, or pick up a copy from the Coronation Hall in Wainfleet.

The Royal College of Psychiatry’s “Coping after a traumatic event” guide will help you to recognise some of the feelings and physical signs you and your family are experiencing. It will provide some advice and guidance, which will help you to cope with what has happened and to come to terms with your situation.

LRSN’s Five Steps leaflet details the LRSN service – how we can help you get back on track, whether that’s by talking through your problems, getting you practical or emotional support or even taking care of your health. We’re here to help Lincolnshire’s farming and rural folk to get through tough times.

And our useful contacts leaflet has been updated especially for this emergency. Download it to find details of organisations that can help you at this time.

The click here for the Steeping River Community Update, Issue 2, September 2019 and the Steeping River Community Update, Issue 3, October 2019.

East Lindsey District Council's flood advice page can be accessed by clicking here

Information on the Lincolnshire Community Fund's Wainfleet Flood Appeal grant funding is available here.

Find out about the Defra Farming Recovery Fund, on NFU's website, here.

Don’t suffer in silence – LRSN has volunteers from the farming community who will understand the issues you are facing.

Call us for help.

Photos courtesy of BBC News (Twitter) and Simon Fisher, NFU East Midlands.