By Denna Bowman
A village was saved from the threat of a massive flood after more than 100 tyres were dumped into a Lincolnshire river.
The tyres were clogging up the water flow in the Swanton Eau, east of the village of Swanton, however, prompt action from Environment Agency staff averted the threat posed to local homes and the A52 between Grantham and Boston.
Team leader Adam Robinson said: “Water was beginning to back up and could have threatened to flood Swaton village as well as the A52.
“Whoever chose to dump these tyres acted extremely irresponsibly.
“Their actions could have caused misery to homeowners and a hazard for drivers.
“Fly-tipping incidents are something we see all too often and any rubbish within a watercourse has the potential to cause a blockage and increase the risk of flooding.
“We would therefore urge anyone who sees anything they believe may be a flood risk to contact us.”
The tyres were removed from the river and taken to the Envirotyre UK recycling centre in Boston.