Breaking news: Roads closed in Doncaster and Dearne due to flooding

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The following roads in the Doncaster and Dearne areas were closed this morning due to flooding as heavy rain continues in South Yorkshire.

The Met Office is forecasting heavy rain on Friday, throughout the weekend and on Christmas Eve.

A633 Station Road Wath Upon Dearne, both ways between B6097 Biscay Way and A6023 Manvers Way

A633 Station Road in Wath Upon Dearne closed between Wath Roundabout and the A6023 Manvers Way junction.

Kilnhurst Road in Rawmarsh closed between the Glasshouse Lane junction and the A633 Warren Vale junction.

Greys Bridge Greys Bridge Denaby, Near Conisbrough, both ways at Denaby.

Fordstead Lane Fordstead Lane Barnby Dun, both ways between The Grove and Almholme Lane.

Traffic IncidentsJubilee Bridge Jubilee Bridge Fishlake, Near Stainforth, both ways at Fishlake.

Jubilee Bridge in Fishlake, near Stainforth blocked in the Fishlake junction.

Flood alerts are in place for:

River Don Lower Catchment from Hexthorpe to Stainforth, including Swaith Dike and North Swaith Dike in Bentley. River Went Catchment - River Went and Hoyle Mill Stream from Ackworth Moor Top to the River Don.

Doncaster Council is reassuring residents that plans are in place in the event of flooding over the Christmas period.

The authority has been preparing for bad weather all year. Before the heavy rains hit the borough last month over 150 members of staff had already taken part in a series of emergency planning exercises.

These were also attended by representatives from the Frenchgate Centre, NHS Doncaster, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and South Yorkshire Police.

Exercise Firefly guided staff through a challenging scenario involving bad weather, important events and numerous accidents all taking place during one day in Doncaster.

Participants went through the steps they would take to deal with problems as if it was a real life situation.

A further operational training event was also held for 120 staff to ensure that they were winter ready with hands on training on flood response and winter gritting.

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Cynthia Ransome, said: “Preparing for bad weather has meant that we can respond effectively to problems as they arise.

“I was pleased with the good job done by staff and partners in response to flooding in November.

“We will be keeping a close eye on the situation during the festive period and have staff on standby, as well as our volunteer flood wardens, should they be needed.”

The easiest way to stay up-to-date with information about weather and travel is by using social media. Follow Doncaster Council @MyDoncaster and search for #floodaware. Like us at www.facebook.com/mydoncaster

Up-to-date flooding information is available on Floodline number is 0845 988 1188.