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Emergency Flood Alert Activated For Barnsley

Monday September 24 2012


Rising water at the River Dove at Blacker Hill - submitted by Jolene Gibson, 3pm today. Rising water at the River Dove at Blacker Hill - submitted by Jolene Gibson, 3pm today.


THE EMERGENCY flood plan in place for Barnsley has been activated by the council.

Seven teams have been sent out to local areas that are known flood sites - which include Darton, Low Barugh, Lundwood Burton Grange, Aldham Bridge, Low Valley Darfield, Darfield Bridge and Bolton on Dearne.

The emergency plan was activated at 5pm today after the downpour continued.

A council spokesman said: "They will be assisting the community should flooding occur and will be on site from approximately 6.30pm."

The Environment Agency has issued 'precautionary' flood alerts for the River Don and River Dearne catchment areas.

A spokesman said: "River levels may rise quickly as a result of heavy isolated downpours. There is also the potential for some surface water flooding where water is unable to drain away.

"The Environment Agency will closely monitor the situation and are expecting to issue flood warnings."

The council said that any residents requesting sandbags as a precautionary measure prior to actual flooding will be told to buy their own from local builders merchants.

She added: "The council maintains a small stock of sandbags but these will be issued only during an emergency to residents who are at imminent risk of flooding and/or in response to a flooding incident."

ON THE ROADS:
Our Facebook users are keeping us updated on the local road network.

Wakefield Road is starting to flood just past the golf course (heading towards Wakefield.) The water is in the dip and is hard to see on the approach.

Town End Roundabout is starting to flood as of 1.51pm Monday.

Lidgett Garage at the bridge on the road to Chapeltown is now flooded. Cars have been stuck and vehicles are now turning to avoid.

The back road from Gilroyd to Birdwell is flooded in a few places so take extra care on the bends.

Broadway on the low side of the old school has water bubbling up out of man hole on fire station side so go steady.

Dovecliffe has lots of surface water but is still passable.

There's a manhole cover up on Mell Avenue in Hoyland, just passed St Andrews Road.

*Please note: South Yorkshire Police has issued a reminder for drivers to turn their headlights on after a few accidents have occurred. *

Have you spotted any potential problems? Comment in the box below and we will keep sharing the information.

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Reply Posted by Nicola on Monday September 24 2012 at 12:26
Our council at the best..why do we pay our council tax??
What about the old people who can't get to the builders???

Reply Posted by shindig on Monday September 24 2012 at 18:34
offer to go for them?

Reply Posted by nicola on Monday September 24 2012 at 19:40
Gladly would!!
But how about the scroungers who are a burden on us tax payers send them to do something useful instead of sitting on the backsides!!!

Reply Posted by angie on Monday September 24 2012 at 12:32
if old people carnt get out and the chance of flooding how do they get out surley there is something in place so the council can help the

Reply Posted by Jenny on Monday September 24 2012 at 12:47
Bet the poor people who live in the bungalows across from elsecar park will be on pins. A few years ago rain flooded their homes to the point of devastation. . what if theyre not able to go to builders etc to prepare. Waiting for help could be too late. .it's a nightmare.. . Bit like closing the gate after the horse has bolted .

Reply Posted by donna on Monday September 24 2012 at 14:40
council tax!! whats it paid for ???????? wot a joke ... get some sandbags to the old ppl who canny get to the builders

Reply Posted by ann on Monday September 24 2012 at 15:06
Back road from Gilroyd to Birdwell flooded in a few places take extra care on bends

Reply Posted by Mick Clay on Monday September 24 2012 at 15:56
Is there any news on Grange lane/Stairfoot area yet?

Reply Posted by marie on Monday September 24 2012 at 16:40
manhole cover up on mell avenue in hoyland just past st andrews rd

Reply Posted by robert on Monday September 24 2012 at 16:51
The river dearne running behind the millers inn on dearne hall road is about a foot off bursting

Reply Posted by robert on Monday September 24 2012 at 16:51
The river dearne running behind the millers inn on dearne hall road is about a foot off bursting

Reply Posted by Robert on Monday September 24 2012 at 17:10
Community spirit is high in Kingstone Ward. We are taking all the leafs out of the grates, bagging them for compost... it was like a river down Park Grove & Locke Avenue this morning. However, we have sorted it. Took just an hour.

Reply Posted by stewart on Monday September 24 2012 at 17:10
Its a shame that we have to wait till thay is a big rains thay must have know about the weather days ago ....

Reply Posted by Sue on Monday September 24 2012 at 17:25
People always slate the council over the sandbags but if i lived in a house prone to flooding, I would keep a few sandbags in the garage just to be prepared. I appreciate that's difficult for elderly people, but the vast majority of people should be able to do this and take a bit of responsibility

Reply Posted by Mick on Monday September 24 2012 at 17:28
I totally agree Sue, its always down to someone else. If you prepare for moments like this we wouldn't have the devastation that it causes. I mean how much space do a few sand bags take up in the garage?

Reply Posted by kathy on Monday September 24 2012 at 18:12
Yes someone who isn't having a go at the council for once. I agree with you - if your home is prone to flooding then have some sand bags ready. I lived in a village in the Lake District for 6 years and we always had sandbags - the council provided some but if the roads are flooded how can they get out to deliver them?? Also your home is your responsibility no matter how old you are - everyone has family, friends or neighbours who would surely help out the occasional aged, disabled person who may need help.

Reply Posted by Tracy on Monday September 24 2012 at 17:27
The Dyke at the rear is flooding again due to rubbish being dumped, the council was informed weeks ago but still the rubbish is there and now it's flooding

Reply Posted by barnsley lass on Monday September 24 2012 at 17:31
come on folks lets see the community spirit barnsley was once famous for,if youve got an elderly neighbour who lives near you in known flood areas knock on their doors check they are ok, phone the council on their behalf see if you can get them some sandbags .these poor people are probably worried to death right now. if you know their homes have flooded before let them know that people care and will try to help them. if it was your parent or grandparent im sure it would be of comfort knowing someone is looking out for them

Reply Posted by derek on Monday September 24 2012 at 20:13
well said. that's what we used to do.lets see the spirit back.

Reply Posted by RavingOctopus on Monday September 24 2012 at 17:32
Road between Brampton and Elsecar (the name escapes me) is completely underwater and around 2 foot deep at the end of the road.

Reply Posted by nomore rain :-( on Monday September 24 2012 at 17:36
that bit has always flood for years gets really bad with rain running of the farmers fields

Reply Posted by kk on Monday September 24 2012 at 22:15
wath road

Reply Posted by Nige on Monday September 24 2012 at 17:42
Eastbound lane (towards Cudworth) on Burton Road, opposit Fire Station flooded for about 100 yards up to roundabout.

Reply Posted by Leanne on Monday September 24 2012 at 17:44
Rhe river dearne at side of mill of black monk grange lane is about a foot of bursting! Really high be warned :(

Reply Posted by julie on Monday September 24 2012 at 18:12
"River levels may rise quickly as a result of heavy isolated downpours.
what about the continuous steady flow we've had all night and day - just as bad - smithies lane flooding slightly under bridge and a large puddle at side of road opposite fishing pond near tip site - be careful people

Reply Posted by Kathy on Monday September 24 2012 at 18:17
OOOOOHHHHH its raining lets all blame the Council...... course they made it rain so heavily yet again. Hmmmmm what happened to Community Spirit???? Oh yes David Cameron, Cleggy, Tony Blair AND not forgetting good ol' Maggie etc etc etc
For God sake help out the oldies, clear the leaves from the grates, shift the rubbish out of the grids and just remember that 1 months worth of rain over a few hours IS abnormal - stop whinging and develop the community spirit this country was once famous for!!!!

Reply Posted by barry on Monday September 24 2012 at 18:25
any news about dearne road into bolton i work in manvers and wondering if i can even get home ?

Reply Posted by KAREN on Monday September 24 2012 at 18:42
does any one know what the situation is like at wombwell . near aldham bridge ? thanks . k

Reply Posted by donna on Monday September 24 2012 at 18:48
What if people have no money to buy stuff from builders, people dont budget for stuff like this. It's just the council struggling for cash and having to make cuts. Normal people are too, including those on benefits and especially normal working families who are seeing working tax credits and child benefits stopped. People cant go builders and say I'll pay on 28th when I get paid.

Reply Posted by Jason on Monday September 24 2012 at 20:24
If the council is struggling and having to make cuts then maybe it shouldn't be planning on spending £800,000 on developing sites for travellers around Barnsley?

Reply Posted by sarah on Monday September 24 2012 at 18:59
Well said Donna, the 'Big Society' to build 'communities' really means you lot tak3 care of it cos despite putting up your taxes we are not going to help out in emergencies and we will be reducing services for you too, and if you happen to work for a council your thanks..... pay cuts and redudancies.

Reply Posted by Kerry Hanson on Monday September 24 2012 at 19:20
We live on manor park in Silkstone and the first heavy rainfall and out back garden and side houses always flood slowly coming into the house, it comes from up the street and noblethorpehall, wish somebody would do something to help, but no. :( just keep cleaning the mud up.

Reply Posted by Jacqui on Monday September 24 2012 at 19:48
Darton village about a foot off bursting its banks,council are there monitoring at present.

Reply Posted by king louis on Monday September 24 2012 at 20:18
the river on pit lane from wombwell to darfield is just about to burst its banks, the first big object to come down river and get stuck in the bridge will cause it

Reply Posted by c on Monday September 24 2012 at 20:30
That will be the new school then lol

Reply Posted by Seriously? on Monday September 24 2012 at 22:16
Yes, Local Authorities have been forced to make cuts and yet they still have to plan for something like this, so why shouldn't every household do it? If an older person can't get to buy them, chances are they have someone else who can (family, friends, carers), the same as who will go do their shopping. The council do their best, but as with everything and everyone, your best isn't sometimes good enough. If you know of someone who needs help, do not sit around moaning that it should be those who don't work doing it, do it yourself. It takes 2 mins to knock on a neighbours door and ask if they're okay and offer to get them something if you're going out.

Reply Posted by Kathy on Tuesday September 25 2012 at 08:19
Well Said - another person with common sense :-)

Reply Posted by Alan on Monday September 24 2012 at 22:19
the council should think about this everytime they give planing permition to builders wanting to build new houses that no one can afford.
The drains can't cope without adding to them.
And slaging off the folks who have lost there jobs wont help will it' you never know you might end up the same with the way things are going.

Reply Posted by mark on Monday September 24 2012 at 23:54
anyone know if hose-pipe ban is still on?