RESIDENTS are being urged to remain vigilant to the threat of flooding after a Sheffield father and son had to be rescued from their stricken boat.
Heavy rain wreaked havoc on the roads yesterday and more downpours were predicted last night, although it was expected to ease this morning.
However, the Environment Agency has issued a warning of a continued risk of surface water and river flooding, despite the rain subsiding.
It said even if it stops raining today, rivers are likely to continue to rise as rainwater runs off already saturated ground.
Heavy rain yesterday evening caused problems in parts of Rotherham where the underpasses at the bottom of Main Street heading to and from Masborough were flooded and impassable.
The father and son aboard the houseboat, as well as their pet dog, were rescued after the vessel was forced against the bank of the South Yorkshire Navigation near Doncaster, by the pressure of water overflowing from the canal into the adjacent River Don.
Steve Adams, of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, said: “We launched two water rescue teams and our rigid motor boat and went across to the father and son, who was about 15.
“We made sure they had lifejackets on and brought them to the bank. If their boat had been on the river and not the canal it would have been much more difficult. Nobody got wet or harmed, but we could tell they were concerned about the situation.
“Some of their belongings had been on the bank and they were underwater.”
Emergency teams from the Environment Agency worked over the weekend to monitor river levels, clear blockages from watercourses and operate pumping stations and washlands to try and manage river levels.
Phil Younge, agency flood risk manager, said: “We are are urging people to remain vigilant and check their risk of flooding.
“Our teams have been out around the clock over the last few days to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding. We are continuing to deploy teams across the country to warn communities at risk.
“You can sign up for flood warnings and check the latest information on the Environment Agency’s website, www.environment-agency.gov.uk, where we also have information on how to prepare for flooding.”
More rain was predicted to have fallen overnight, but is expected to subside this morning and be replaced by strong winds.
A MeteoGroup weather forecaster said: “Monday night into Tuesday is expected to be pretty wet in South Yorkshire – the rain looks set to fall all night but will get lighter and patchier as the night goes on and the rain will clear away during the morning.
“Through the week the weather will become increasingly fine and there may even be some sunny spells but there will be a cold northerly wind and frost.”
A Yorkshire Water spokesman said: “Our pumping stations and waste water treatment works are operational and working hard to handle the increased volumes of water passing through them.”
Flooding wreaked havoc on South Yorkshire roads yesterday morning, with motorists forced to find alternative routes to work and school.
Roads were closed across the county yesterday morning as drains struggled to cope with the deluge of water running off saturated land and flooding streets.
In Sheffield, the entry and exit slip roads from the A57 Sheffield Parkway, Manor Park, were cordoned off, while Remington Road, Parson Cross, was affected between Wordsworth Avenue and Morrall Road.
In Doncaster, Jubilee Bridge on Selby Road, Thorne; Water Lane, Stainforth; and Low Bridge Lane, Kirk Bramwith, were all closed along with Field Side, Thorne; Ferry Road Bridge, Thorne; Fordstead Fordstead Lane, Barnby Dun; and the A630 Trafford Way in Doncaster.
Rose Lane Rose Lane, Laughton, Thurcroft; Pastures Road, Mexborough; and Old Mill Lane, Barnsley were also under water.
Yesterday flood alerts remained in place across South Yorkshire, with the River Sheaf, Porter Brook and River Don in Sheffield among those deemed at risk.