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Council Blasts "Irresponsible" Drivers As Lang Avenue Floods

Saturday July 7 2012

IRRESPONSIBLE drivers have been blasted by the council after flooding on Lang Avenue was made worse by cars ploughing though.

Officers and emergency services were working into the small hours of this morning with the residents, trying to provide flood sacks and sandbags when flood alerts for the River Dearne at Burton Road and Lundwood grew critical.

But a council spokesman said: "The situation has not been helped by irresponsible drivers endangering households by creating bow waves, pushing flood waters closer to properties. We have been working with police to close roads to minimise the occurrence."

Further rain is expected over the weekend, and the council promised to monitor weather forecasts and water levels and reactivate emergency measures if necessary.

If you need help, there's a 24-hour number in place - it's 01226 774444.

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Reply Posted by bob on Saturday July 7 2012 at 08:25
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Reply Posted by Jeannette Renshaw on Saturday July 7 2012 at 10:11
council should provide more sandbags-disgusting people in Darton village could only stand and watch and wait to see if their property would be flood damaged. i personaly live on higher ground but the community was willing to pull together and sand bag but with no resourses and residents told buy your own,disgusting.council tax paid so wheres the resourses??????????????

Reply Posted by John on Saturday July 7 2012 at 10:34
I agree with Jeanette regarding the sandbags for the residents of Darton, especially those who regularly get flooded after heavy rainfall. That said the improvements made to the river banks did seem to limit the damage caused if you compare it to 5 years ago when the entire centre of Darton was completely under water.
I was annoyed however that the school my child goes to at Dodworth asked for Sand bags on the Thursday, as it has flooded in the past and was forced to close for a week, and despite a number of phone calls did not receive any. As a result this meant that the school flooded again on both Thursday and Friday and this could have been avoided.

Reply Posted by jacqueline on Saturday July 7 2012 at 11:23
i agree with you two but concil new that we was going to get all this rain so they should have give everyone that flood 2 year ago in june more sand bags before it all happened i feel turely for all the flood victoms its it shocking to say the least i take that low vally in darfield it shocking

Reply Posted by s on Tuesday July 10 2012 at 17:15
How is it that five years on from those massive floods we had years ago, but all the same drains are blocked and causing the same problems? I mean, how many years has the layby at Kendray/Worsbro Rec been flooded and the road right outside it? Park Road outside Locke Park where the speed camera is?