Doncaster put on flood alert again as storm nears

The Environment Agency has put Doncaster on flood alert amid concerns over the impact of Storm Dennis.

By David Kessen
Saturday, 15th February 2020, 9:24 pm
Updated Saturday, 15th February 2020, 9:25 pm

An alert put out by officials this evening includes the Lower River Don catchment, the Middle River Don, the River Dearne catchment, the River Went catchment and the Tidal Trent wider floodplain from Gainsborough to the Humber confluence.

It means: “Flooding is possible - be prepared.”

The warning in place tonight for the Lower River Don, which runs along the Rover from Bentley to Thorne, states: “Rainfall associated with Storm Dennis is forecast to intensify from this afternoon, 15 February 2020 across the River Don catchment.

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Doncaster is back on flood alert

“The current forecast indicates that the river response will continue to rise throughout this afternoon and evening and is likely to peak in the early hours of Sunday morning, 16 February.

“At present, we are not expecting to issue any flood warnings. We have staff in the field and are closely monitoring the situation from our incident room. If you observe flood waters, please avoid using low lying footpaths and roads near watercourses.

“Please also plan driving routes to avoid low lying land that may be flooded.”The alert for the middle Don states the current forecast indicates that the river response will continue to rise throughout this evening and is likely to peak in the early hours of Sunday morning, 16 February. Areas most at risk are Firth Rixson, Rotherham & Sheffield canal Association, Denaby, Old Denaby, Sprotborough and the washlands at Kilnhurst.