Residents in Doncaster village criticise council after 'danger to life' flood evacuation

10 November 2019, 18:24 | Updated: 10 November 2019, 18:29

Residents in Fishlake have been told to evacuate their homes after a 'danger to life' flood warning was issued
Residents in Fishlake have been told to evacuate their homes after a 'danger to life' flood warning was issued. Picture: PA Images
Ewan Quayle

By Ewan Quayle

Residents in a flooded village near Doncaster have been asked to evacuate by the local council, who are no longer providing support, but locals are struggling to cope with the extreme weather.

Several hundred locals in Fishlake have left their homes, but others are staying put to assist those not yet able to leave.

Those stranded in their homes were supplied with food by a local pub, but the owners took to social media on Sunday to say they were "fuming" that Doncaster Council had not kept them supplied.

The Hound and Hare's landlords, Angie and Scott Godfrey, wrote on Facebook: "We have been inundated with calls, messages from people wanting a HOT MEAL. These people have no electricity & are living upstairs.

"We have the equipment to cook the lunches we just need the food!!"

Helen Edwards hands out free bacon sandwiches to villagers in Fishlake, Doncaster as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours.
Helen Edwards hands out free bacon sandwiches to villagers in Fishlake, Doncaster as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours. Picture: PA Images

Those who remain in the area are being urged by the council to call an emergency helpline so the fire service can take them away from the area.

Many parts of Fishlake remain under three feet of water after the nearby River Don burst over the top of flood defences.

A 'danger to life' warning is still in place due to high river levels, and further rain is expected in the coming few days.

A rest centre has been set up in nearby Stainforth providing help and support for residents, who may not be allowed to return to their homes for another two days.

Residents struggling to cope in the South Yorkshire village have criticised Doncaster Council for leaving them stranded.

But on Sunday, the council said it will not be providing "on-the-ground support" as the area is covered by a severe flood warning and the advice is for residents to evacuate.

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