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.