Flood siren testing for Grimsby and Cleethorpes

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The Environment Agency has announced upcoming tests for flood warning sirens in Grimsby and Cleethorpes that will take place this week.

Set to be held between 10:00 BST and midday on Friday (August 29th), the tests will consist of small groups of the area's 18 flood sirens being tested for between three and five minutes, with each followed by a short message advising that the warning was simply a test.

Installed in 2006, the warning sirens aim to provide a first alert to the more than 25,000 households and businesses across the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area, with the system helping to give local people more time to prepare for rising water levels and to protect their property and belongings in the event of severe flooding.

Claire Rose, flood resilience team leader at the Environment Agency, said: "Our flood defences reduce the risk of flooding to thousands of homes and businesses in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, but there is always a risk that they can fail or be overwhelmed.

"It is important people know what to do before, during and after a flood and identify actions they can take to protect themselves and their property."

She added it is important the sirens are regularly tested to ensure they remain in working order, particularly as the summer months are now coming to an end and higher levels of rainfall and possible flooding are expected over the coming autumn and winter.

Environment Agency staff are in the process of advising local people of the impending tests today (August 28th) at Fresheny Place Shopping Centre.

Should people hear the sirens sounding during the hours of testing, they are advised not to be alarmed and to carry on with their regular activities. However, in the event of an actual flood warning during this time, local radio stations and Floodline Warnings Direct will broadcast the latest information on levels of risk to local inhabitants.

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