South Yorkshire on flood alert after heavy downpours

Little London Rd,Sheffield
Little London Rd,Sheffield
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SOUTH Yorkshire is on flood alert, with fears that rivers could burst their banks after days of rain - and more downpours are forecast.

The Environment Agency has placed flood alerts on rivers including the Don and its tributaries from Penistone to Kelham Island in Sheffield and the River Sheaf and Porter Brook and their tributaries in the city.

The River Don and its tributaries from Hexthorpe to Stainforth were also at risk of flooding along with River Rother and its tributaries from Renishaw to Rotherham and from Chesterfield to Staveley.

There were also fears the River Doe Lea at Bolsover and Netherthorpe could burst its banks.

Although recent downpours, which are predicted to continue until the middle of May, have led to a rise in some river levels, experts say that a below average level of rainfall over the last two years means that the severe floods experienced in South Yorkshire in June 2007 are unlikely to be repeated.

But the rain has still wreaked havoc across the region, with many sports events postponed.

Last night Sheffield Tigers postponed their speedway match at Owlerton against rivals Scunthorpe because of a waterlogged track.

Club co-promoter David Hoggart said: “This is another savage blow to the club, but the whole sport is suffering in the UK right now.’’

No new date has been arranged.

And last night a game in the CBC Premier Division of the Blades Super Draw League was postponed because of the waterlogged state of the pitch.

The leaders Civil Service were due to play Stocksbridge Park Steels and a win would have seen them take the league title.

The clash has been rescheduled for Sunday and will be played at the Aurora Sports Ground, Bawtry Road, Brinsworth, Rotherham.

The County Senior League Cup final between Thorpe Hesley and Penistone Church, scheduled for last night at Worksop Town, was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

It was also postponed the week before after being called off a little over an hour before kick-off after a severe downpour.

The game has been re-arranged for next Thursday, again at Worksop.

A MeteoGroup weather forecaster said to expect light and patchy rain for most of today and tomorrow. But on Sunday a heavy band of rain is expected across South Yorkshire for most of the afternoon and into Monday.