Residents in Doncaster village claim they weren't told they were at risk of flooding

These were the river levels in a Doncaster village where the Environment Agency warned flooding was expected and immediate action was required.

By David Kessen
Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 9:38 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 9:35 am

But some residents in Thorpe in Balne say they did not receive flood alerts from the agency.

Thorpe in Balne was classed as a flood warning area on Monday, and our pictures show defences on the banks holding back river water.

Residents in some areas, including Fishlake and Kirk Sandall, received notifications from the agency, after being classed as ‘flood alert’ areas, a lower level of risk.

The River Don at Thorpe in Balne, Doncaster, on Monday

One Thorpe in Balne resident, living in one of the properties closest to the river said she had not heard anything, but said she had a friend in Barnby Dun who had received a warning from the EA.

A resident in Thorpe in Balne of nearly 40 years, Steve Jones, said: “The road here has flooded in the past as its next to the river, where the power station used to be, but I don’t think the houses have done for a long time.

“We’ve not heard anything from the Environment Agency this time yet.”

A third resident also said they had not been contacted.

The River Don at Thorpe in Balne, Doncaster, on Monday

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Flood warnings are issued as a free service to those that have signed up to receive them through the Environment Agency’s website.

“We are committed to delivering this important early warning advice for people and are now investigating further after unconfirmed reports that residents on Thorpe-in-Balne, near Doncaster, did not receive their update during Storm Ciara.”