The level of the River Don at Fishlake and across the lower catchment area has continued to rise over the past two days due to persistent rainfall.
A flood alert is in force for the Lower River Don catchment area. Doncaster Council declared a major incident on Monday (18 Jan) and has been out monitoring levels and sandbagging ‘at-risk’ areas across the borough. The council has a dedicated public information helpline – 01302 735688 – that is operational 24 hours a day.
At 12.30am, Thursday 21 January, the Fishlake monitoring station on the River Don recorded a level of 6.14 metres.
The highest level on record at Fishlake is 6.87m from November 2019 when floods devastated the village.
Levels are expected to continue to rise throughout today (Thurs 21 Jan), peaking late morning into the afternoon.
The Government flood information service says: “River levels are forecast to rise across the Lower River Don Catchment as a result of persistent rainfall throughout yesterday and into today (Thurs 21 Jan). River levels are still rising and are expected to peak late this morning into the afternoon.
“Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible. Areas most at risk are low lying land, roads and farmland. Our field teams have checked defences and cleared screens ahead of the rainfall and we are closely monitoring the situation. We are liaising closely with our partners to ensure they are ready to respond.
“Please put your flood plan into action and activate any property flood protection products you may have, such as flood barriers and air brick covers. Avoid using low lying footpaths near watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid roads which may be flooded.”
Jubilee Bridge (Ferry Road) that spans the River Don between Thorne and Fishlake has been closed due to the flood incident.