Flood warden volunteers plea

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Residents in parts of South Yorkshire are being urged to become volunteer flood wardens to help their communities in an emergency.

The Environment Agency wants to recruit wardens in Chapeltown and Ecclesfield - areas severely affected by the flooding in June 2007.

Flood wardens provide witness reports on river levels and ensure neighbours are aware of the risks of flooding.

There are currently 30 flood warden groups across Yorkshire and Lizzy Haynes, agency flood resilience officer, said they played a vital role.

She said: “The extra info a warden can provide might mean extra minutes for residents to save themselves.”