Wettest April - but no serious flooding

David Falcon, of Comleybank Drive, Mexborough is unhappy that the council are not clearing the debris from the river, which is overflowing near his home. Picture: Andrew Roe
David Falcon, of Comleybank Drive, Mexborough is unhappy that the council are not clearing the debris from the river, which is overflowing near his home. Picture: Andrew Roe

The Dearne has been hit by the wettest April for more than a century but has escaped serious flooding.

The worst of the downpour came over the weekend and roads were closed across the Dearne Valley due to flooding.

On Friday Doncaster Council closed down the bridge over the River Don at Mexborough as a precaution after debris became stuck underneath due to the rising water level.

The Dearne Valley Leisure Centre was reduced to one way in and out.

There were closures on Kilnhurst Road and Hooton Road in Kilnhurst. Motorists faced long delays on Aldwarke Road, Rawmarsh, and Wentworth Road, Kilnhurst due to excess standing water.

Environment agency bosses placed the River Don on flood alert but on Monday removed the alert for the middle catchment area of the river, which covers the section from Conisbrough through to Sprotbrough.

A spokesman for Doncaster Council said: “The situation is improving and no further flooding is expected in this area.”

River levels have reached their highest and are now expected to fall, but water may be in fields and in low lying areas for several days.

John Bannister, a flood warden for the River Dearne at Darfield, where people are still recovering from the after effects of the 2007 floods, said the river did rise in recent days but not to a worrying degree.

“Usually the water escapes over the A635 and creates a large pond, but this time that has not been the case,” he said.

Residents will soon receive new doorguards, to be provided through government funding. “They are something although they will offer no protection against five feet levels of water such as we experienced in the last big flood,” added Mr Bannister, of Church View.

Weather forecasters predict the heavy rain will continue until the middle of May, but experts say that the severe floods experienced in South Yorkshire in June 2007 are unlikely to be repeated.

Doncaster Council’s Assistant Director of Environment, Gill Gillies, said: “We are continuing to work closely with the Environment Agency to monitor river levels across Doncaster, and encourage residents to follow the Council online on Twitter @MyDoncaster”.