Flood warnings locally remain in force but river levels have dropped after recent highs causing flooding.
The level of the River Don taken at its Fishlake monitoring station at 10.00am this morning (Mon 11 Nov) was recorded at 5.65 metres, more than a metre down on its high point when the floodwater had such a devastating effect on the village.
At 10.00am, a severe flood warning remained in force for Fishlake and flood warnings for the River Don at Stainforth and Thorne & Moorends also remained in force. The River Went at Topham Ferry, Sykehouse is also under a flood warning and a flood alert for the Lower River Don catchment area remains in place.
Doncaster council says a rest centre has been set up in Stainforth and volunteers locally spent yesterday getting the Stainforth Resource Centre on Church Road ready to accept evacuees. Helped by town and ward councillors, volunteers from the centre and Stainforth 4 All cooked stew for those affected by the floods. Numerous donations were being dropped off at the centre from people donating to the relief efforts. Items included food, clothing, bedding and cleaning products. Volunteers were also using land rovers and trailers to take donated goods into Fishlake.
Local councillors and volunteers said there had been a “fantastic response” to the relief appeal. High numbers of individuals, organisations and businesses have rallied to offer help and yesterday (Sun 10 Nov) saw a continuous flow of traffic and people on foot dropping off donations in Stainforth. Cllr George Derx, who was helping to coordinate efforts at the Resource Centre along with Stainforth 4 All manager Phill Bedford, said: “The community and volunteers from the village have been fabulous, absolutely brilliant.”
In its flood warning today, the Government Flood information service says: “We are expecting scattered showers throughout today (Mon 11 Nov), however we do not currently expect this to have any further significant impact on river levels.
“We continue to support the coordinated multi‐agency response and our incident room remains open 24/7, with operational staff assessing further methods for alleviating levels. Please stay away from fast moving water and call 999 if in immediate danger.”
Advice and information are available from Floodline 0345 988 1188. A 24-hour public information helpline set up by Doncaster Council for anyone with urgent enquiries is available on 01302 735688.