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Pair rescued in flood drama

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25th November 2012.
A 'moored' boat alongside the flooded canal and River Don at Sprotbrough, Doncaster.

Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>> 25th November 2012. A 'moored' boat alongside the flooded canal and River Don at Sprotbrough, Doncaster.

Two people were rescued from a boat on the South Yorkshire Navigation near Doncaster as flood waters rose dangerously high.

Heavy rain at the weekend led to fire crews being called to several incidents and numerous roads had to be closed because of flooding.

The father and son from Sheffield and their pet dog, were carried to safety as the canal near Sprotbrough Lock dramatically burst its banks at the weekend.

Their houseboat was forced against the bank by the pressure of flood water overflowing from the canal in to the adjacent River Don near the weir and, when the craft began to list up to 15 degrees, it proved impossible to start the engine.

The pair realised they were in danger of capsizing if the water continued to rise and called 999 for help.

Fire and rescue crews arrived from Edlington and other South Yorkshire stations.

Fire service station manager Steve Adams 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 life jackets 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 very concerned about the situation.

“Some of their belongings had been on the bank and they were underwater.

“I think they realised they physically couldn’t get off the boat without our assistance and it could have got worse.”

The Red Cross victim support unit was also sent to Sprotbrough to give the men assistance in finding accommodation for the night.

Part of the village of Stainton was also affected by flooding as a beck overflowed and water got into a property in Holme Hall Lane.

Fire crews spent about an hour pumping water away from The Old Vicarage, which is used as residential and business accommodation.

At one stage, the water in the property was around 18 ins deep and the fire service spent around 90 minutes at the scene.

Flooding also affected other outlying areas of Doncaster with several roads closed to traffic.

Among the highways hit were Jubilee Bridge in Selby Road, Thorne; Water Lane, Stainforth; Low Lane, Kirk Bramwith, and, as usual, Fordstead Lane between Barnby Dun and Arksey, as well as Fox Covert Lane at Misterton.

Doncaster Council teams worked throughout the weekend to respond to localised flooding incidents and a range of requests for support and assistance.

The council, community flood wardens, police and the Environment Agency will continue to monitor water levels across the borough along with road and bridge closures.

Although more rain fell yesterday the Environment Agency advised that river levels had peaked and were beginning to level out.

Deputy Mayor, Cynthia Ransome, said: “Rivers remain high around the borough and the main problem is surface water.

“I would like to thank the key council staff who have been working around the clock as well as our flood wardens who have been helping monitor river levels.

“Residents are advised to keep checking the council and Environment Agency websites and social media for the latest updates. Drivers are reminded to pay attention to bridge and road closures as water might be fast flowing and deeper than expected.”

For the latest information and advice on river levels and flooding, including how to prepare for a flood, visit Environment Agency

 

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