Trees were brought down, roads blocked and train services cancelled amid disruption caused by last week’s storms and flooding.
But this was nothing compared to the devastation suffered in Boston – with Sleaford residents coming to the aid of residents in its neighbouring town.
High winds swept across the Sleaford area during Thursday morning felling trees and blocking the A607 at Welbourn and the road leading to Greylees. A tree was also blown down in the recreation ground on Boston Road.
Trains between Sleaford and Grantham were halted when an electricity pole fell across the line at Ancaster and services to Boston were shut down due to the flood risk, not restarting again until 10am on Friday morning. Commuters and school children were left stranded with no alternative buses available, having to find lifts and taxis to get home.
Neil Micklethwaite of East Midlands Trains said it was a challenging 24 hours with staff working tirelessly to assist customers in very difficult circumstances.
“Employees, some of whom live in the areas affected by flooding, braved the elements to help arrange taxis and even hotel rooms for customers to ensure that nobody was left without anywhere to go. I would like to thank all of our staff for their efforts and also thank customers for their patience during this disruption.”
The PGL adventure centre at Caythorpe was used as overnight refuge for people evacuated from their homes in Boston when the River Haven overtopped causing flooding.
A Facebook appeal initiated by Kylie Davies of Sleaford, who runs a salon in Boston, has been collecting car loads of white goods, furniture, cleaning equipment and bedding to help those affected.