Washout: Flash floods misery in Doncaster

Flooding at Denaby. Picture: Wendy Collins
Flooding at Denaby. Picture: Wendy Collins
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FLASH floods brought chaos to parts of Doncaster, with roads blocked and a number of schools forced to close yesterday.

Denaby and Mexborough were the areas worst affected by a massive deluge and children were told to stay away from Denaby Main Primary School as staff started a big clean-up operation.

It is thought unlikely the school will be able to re-open by Monday.

More schools closed as yesterday wore on, including DeWarrene Academy, Pitt Street Infants at Mexborough, St Alban’s Primary at Conisbrough, and Don Valley Academy at Scawthorpe. Staff hope to be open again for the start of next week.

The kitchens at Hungerhill in Edenthorpe closed because of flooding although lessons were not affected, and Station Road Primary at Conisbrough stayed open despite some water getting inside.

But other areas of Doncaster may not escape flooding as weather forecasters were yesterday predicting a month’s rainfall in 36 hours for South Yorkshire.

Four flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency for rivers and beck catchments around Doncaster - the River Don Middle section from Sheffield to Hexthorpe, River Dearne, Ea Beck and the River Went.

Two people became stranded when their car got stuck in floodwater in Wilsic Road, Tickhill, but a local garage towed them to safety and firefighters were not needed.

Heavy rain from around 6.30pm on Thursday affected most of Doncaster but Denaby bore the brunt.

Station Road was closed to traffic and police urged people to drive carefully where there was standing water.

Nursery Lane, Sprotbrough, was also closed to traffic and Carr Lane at Conisbrough and Spring Lane, Sprotbrough, were said to be passable with care.

Other streets in Denaby including Stainton Walk and Lowfield Walk were also affected.

Fire officers were called to Pastures Road and Lanark Drive in Mexborough, Doncaster Road, Conisbrough, and Pennine Road, Thorne, where roads were underwater. But no pumping was carried out because the water levels soon started to fall, said a fire service spokesman.

Doncaster Council and the police are working together to act on advice from the Environment Agency and are monitoring the situation across Doncaster.

On Thursday night they responded to around 100 calls from residents about surface water flooding in the Conisbrough, Braithwell, Denaby and Mexborough areas.

Doncaster Council chief executive Jo Miller tweeted ‘fantastic staff working round clock, residents very appreciative’.

The borough’s Emergency Co-ordinator, Mil Vasic, said: “The council visited over 100 residents on Thursday night, only a very small number had what amounts to minor flooding in their properties.

“We are working with the police and Environment Agency to support and reassure people in these areas. The police and council’s area and safer neighbourhood teams are visiting residents at locations that have received flood warnings to ensure they are prepared in case flooding happens and are also assessing risk of flooding across the borough.”