A flood alert is in place for the Lower River Don catchment following recent heavy rainfall.
The alert from the Government’s Flood Information Service says that flooding is possible in the Lower River Don catchment and people should ‘be prepared’.
The level of the River Don is expected to fall today (Monday 30 September) but a combination of further rain and high tides is expected to see levels rise again tomorrow.
The Government’s Flood Information Service says: “Following the recent heavy rainfall river levels remain high in the Lower Don catchment, particularly in the lower tidal stretches of the river. We expect levels around Doncaster to steadily fall through today but to rise again tomorrow in response to further rain expected this evening and into Tuesday, 1st October. We are currently in the middle of a period of very high tides, which is combining with the river water to cause the high levels, as well as preventing the water escaping around high tides.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and our flood incident room remains open. Our operational staff are out checking our flood banks and other defences. If you are spot a problem with a flood embankment or if you are aware of properties flooding or likely to flood, please call our Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.”
Levels taken at the Fishlake monitoring station on the River Don show that the recorded level at 9.00am on Monday 30 September was 5.84m. The river’s typical range is 1.45m to 3.18m and when levels reach the latter it is said that minor flooding is possible.
The highest level on record for Fishlake is 6.47m.
Other flood alerts in place include the Tidal River Ouse, Don and the Dutch River catchment.