Full extent of 2007 floods revealed for first time - and it will happen again

A resident as flood waters rise in Toll Bar near Doncaster
A resident as flood waters rise in Toll Bar near Doncaster
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THE full extent of Doncaster’s 2007 floods has been revealed in the most complete report on their damage so far.

And the same document reveals many of the places affected four years ago are forecast to flood again.

The report drawn up by Doncaster Council officials into the effect of surface flooding records 36 areas as having suffered significantly during the disaster - which saw homes evacuated and soldiers battle to save power supplies.

It reveals a total of 2,127 homes were flooded.

The report, the council’s preliminary flood risk assessment, was put before the council’s overview and scrutiny management committee last night.

Chairman Coun John Mounsey said there were records of flooding in some of the areas such as Arksey dating back to 1530.

A map of possible locations of future flooding shows the same areas could likely flood again.

Coun Mounsey is calling for the Government and the European Union to put money forward to pay for flood protection in the areas of concern raised in the assessment.

He said: “It is not a matter of if it happens again, it is a matter of when, with the way the climate is changing.

“The assessment has got to help for the future. We know the areas that are affected by floods. Hopefully this should attract more funding to make sure we get barriers to stop water and channels to move it away from homes.

“The predictions show many of the same places as last as future flood risks. They are historic. Now we can try to get money to deal with the hot spots.”

‘Significant incidents’ were classed as the flooding of more than five homes, two or more commercial properties, one or more vital buildings such as hospitals or schools, or one or more major road.

It does not include flooding by main rivers.

Doncaster Council’s assistant director of environment, Gill Gillies, said: “All local authorities are required by the Environment Agency to produce this type of report.

“It is an important exercise for us to look at a variety of evidence and information before making an assessment of areas of the borough that have previously flooded.

“The purpose of the scrutiny meeting is to consider these findings and consider if there are any further recommendations to be included in the report.”