Drivers warned about moving flood road signs

Picture: Marie Caley S0364MC

Picture: Marie Caley S0364MC

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MOTORISTS have been caught moving road closure safety signs put in place because of flooding, it has been revealed.

Deputy mayor Coun Cynthia Ransome said there had been four occasions across the borough of drivers moving signs yesterday after several roads and bridges were shut off because of rising flood water.

Doncaster was severely hit following a weekend of constant rainfall and only now are most of the roads being re-opened with Fordstead Lane from Barnby Dun to Arksey and Thorpe Bank Lane in Thorpe Marsh still closed.

Coun Ransome warned of the risk of moving road closure signs.

She said: “River levels remain high across Doncaster, but levels are expected to begin slowly reducing today.

“Yesterday we had four incidents of drivers moving road closure signs.

“Removing road closures puts motorists and emergency responders at risk, water can be much deeper and faster flowing than expected in these areas.”

Community flood wardens have been actively working in their communities and have been asked to share information with the authority about further flood-related issues.

There are still flood alerts for the River Don Lower Catchment from Hexthorpe to Stainforth, including Swaith Dike and North Swaith Dike in Bentley, the Ea Beck Catchment River Skell from Hemsworth to Thorpe-in-Balne and River Went Catchment from Ackworth Moor Top to the River Don.

All of the bridges that had been closed, including Denaby and Kirk Bramwith, have now opened.

For the latest information and advice on river levels and flooding including how to prepare for a flood visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call 0845 988 1188 using quickdial 138222 for up-to-date flooding information or follow @EnvAgencyYNE on Twitter.

Further information is available via Doncaster Council on Twitter @MyDoncaster and on Facebook www.facebook.com/mydoncaster or visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/flooding