Cleanup begins in Scunthorpe and surrounding area

We mentioned the possibility of winter floods just a couple of weeks ago, following the burst water main that put several homes in Scunthorpe at risk.

But even we didn't anticipate the events of last night, when the forecasted strong winds contributed towards the largest storm surge for 60 years along the east coast of England.

This in turn saw the River Trent swell and burst its banks - most of the population of Burringham were put up overnight in The Pods in Central Park, Scunthorpe, while other villages along the river's banks were battling to hold back the water in the darkness.

Water levels peaked even higher than predicted in several locations, yet while local news broadcasts are coming live from Keadby and Hull today, the national news seems to have totally overlooked the fact that floods hit parts of Lincolnshire up to 40 miles from the coast.

Understandably, the death of Nelson Mandela late yesterday evening has dominated headlines, but the blanket coverage given to tributes to him has seen the plight of flood-hit Lincolnshire villages pushed completely off of the national agenda.

The BBC's supposed 'UK Edition' Twitter account, @BBCNews, provides the perfect example of this, with not a mention of the storm or flooding between 9:24pm on December 5th and 2:42am on December 6th - a period of over five hours.

@BBCNews suddenly remembers the storm

With several more unusually high tides still to come, the region is still not out of the woods, but the highest water levels should have passed.

Now it should simply be a case of cleaning up and reinstating services and public transport through to Cleethorpes, and particularly north of the Humber in Hull, which has been particularly disrupted by the weather and related events.

In the meantime, it seems the national media have forgotten about the plight of inland Lincolnshire, but our thoughts are with anyone affected by the events overnight and in the days ahead.