The level of the River Don at Fishlake hit a record high after a flood warning was issued for the area.
At 1.00am today (Sunday 27 October), the level recorded at the River Don’s Fishlake monitoring station was 6.68 metres – twenty-one centimetres above its previous highest level which was recorded back in 2012.
The Government’s Flood information service had issued a warning on Saturday (26 Oct) for the River Don at Fishlake saying: “River levels have risen as a result of persistent (heavy) rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible”.
The flood warning continued: “We expect river levels to remain high over the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring the forecast.”
A flood warning was also issued for the River Don at Stainforth on Saturday, which the Flood information service said was issued based on ‘trigger levels’ being met. Information given out by the service just after 9.30pm on Saturday said: “The Environment Agency have had operational staff on site and can confirm that there has not been any overtopping of the embankments.
“This Flood Warning will remain in force as the river levels remain high throughout the night. We would ask people to remain vigilant and contact the emergency services if you have any immediate flooding concerns.”
Levels on the Lower River Don at Fishlake and Stainforth are also affected by tide changes and Sunday morning’s high tide – measured on the River Ouse at Goole – is expected at around 6.00am (GMT).