BREAKING NEWS: Doncaster taken off flood risk alert

Toll Bar Rugby Club pitch was left flooded after the downpours.  Picture: Andrew Roe
Toll Bar Rugby Club pitch was left flooded after the downpours. Picture: Andrew Roe

DONCASTER is no longer on flood alert, the Environment Agency has said.

The borough was hit by torrential rain last week with several roads and schools being forced to close as residents particularly in the Conisbrough, Mexborough and Toll Bar areas were warned of flooding.

Denaby Main Primary School still remained shut today because of flood damage and Fordstead Lane in Barnby Dun to Arksey remains closed - with the downpours leading to dangerous driving conditions.

However, the borough is no longer on the flood risk alert risk according to the agency.

Mayor Peter Davies said: “I know that these periods of extreme weather are a cause of great anxiety for many residents and businesses, which is why the Council and our partners have plans and procedures in place to respond rapidly and effectively to issues arising from heavy rainfall.

“I would like to thank council staff and partners who did a sterling job in responding to the weather situation. A number of dedicated teams have worked around the clock over the last few days to ensure that the public have been kept safe from harm and well informed of the latest situation and, as the immediate threat of flooding subsides, teams are still on hand to assist with the clean up across the borough.”

Doncaster Council teamed up with South Yorkshire Police, Safer Neighbourhood Teams and flood wardens as they visited residents affected by the rainfall.

A council spokesman said the authority will continue to monitor the situation despite the removal of the flood alerts. Its workers are said to be jet-washing areas affected by drains and overflowing sewage.

Villages in Doncaster, such as Toll Bar and Bentley, were some of the worst hit areas in the country following the devastating floods during the summer of 2007.