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Public urged to be wary when visiting parks following ponding

3:42 pm, Wednesday, 3rd January 2024 - 2 months ago

Environment and community safety

The public are being asked to be careful when walking through North East Lincolnshire parks following a period of heavy rainfall.

A number of parks across the borough are experiencing ‘ponding’ where water collects in one spot, creating a large puddle or body of water. Large pools of water have been seen in Weelsby Woods and efforts are underway to reduce the water level at other green spaces such as Sydney Park.

This is partially due to the high water table preventing the rainwater from percolating the soil. The high water level is also affecting Cleethorpes Boating Lake where water is overlapping the pavements.

In light of this, the public are being asked to consider the depth of water and their surroundings if they are in these areas. Unless the situation worsens, the key messages remain:

  • Don’t drive through floodwater
  • Don’t walk through floodwater
  • Lagoons and flood defences are holding firm – they are designed to hold large volumes of water
  • Observe ‘road closed’ signs and follow diversions if in place

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Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport said: “We are urging residents to stay safe following this period of heavy rain fall.

“A number of our parks have experienced ponding with teams working alongside the Environment Agency; doing what they can to reduce the level of water.

“Please take care when visiting parks across the borough and stay clear of any standing water if possible. However, if unable to do so, please be aware of your surroundings and the depth of water.”

Pictures Courtesy of Friends of Weelsby Woods Facebook page

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