Villages subject to a ‘severe’ flood warning locally have seen those warnings downgraded as levels on the River Don in the area continue to fall from those that caused widespread flooding at the weekend.
Following advice from the Met Office and the Environment Agency, the ‘severe flood warnings’ across Doncaster will now be downgraded to ‘flood warnings’.
Doncaster Council says this means there is no longer an “imminent threat to life” presented by the weather but adds: “We are keeping a close eye on the weather as it remains uncertain. This is under constant review as it is entirely possible that a ‘severe flood warning’ could be reissued.”
At 9.00am this morning (Weds 13 Nov) the level of the River Don recorded at its Fishlake monitoring station was 5.39 metres, nearly 1.5 metres down on its weekend high point.
Further advice from the council says: “The Fishlake area is not safe and a return to properties is discouraged in the strongest possible terms.
“Whilst some people may choose to return to their properties in other affected areas, they must not do so if their property is still submerged.”
Latest estimates from the authorities suggest a safe return could be up to three weeks away for some residents, but the council says “every effort” is being made to increase the pumping in the area in order to reduce this timeframe.
The access roads into Fishlake remain closed.
Damian Allen, Chief Executive at Doncaster Council, said services are working around the clock with the local community to ensure that residents get the right support. He added: “Despite an encouraging reduction in flood warnings, this doesn’t mean the danger is totally gone and we’ll keep working hard to get to any affected areas as quickly as possible.
“We have nine Advice and Recovery Hubs that have been set up to provide information and guidance on your next steps. Our dedicated staff will support people and put them in contact with any services they need.
“We also have teams working directly with those affected by the floods. We understand that residents may be out of their homes throughout the day due to work commitments or a number of reasons, so we’re setting up evening visits to provide help to those who need it most.
“If you have any questions, we encourage you to visit our frequently asked questions page for the latest information about flood recovery. If you know anyone who is vulnerable and needs urgent assistance, contact the public information helpline on 01302 737189.“
Further information for residents affected by flooding is available from Doncaster Council’s website: www.doncaster.gov.uk
The latest information from the Flood information service can be found at: flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings