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Nine severe 'threat to life' flood warnings in place in South Yorkshire

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There are now nine 'threat to life' flood warnings in place on the River Don in South Yorkshire.

River levels will stay high throughout the weekend and the Environment Agency is urging people to check the flood risk where they live and follow the advice from the emergency services.

In Fishlake in Doncaster, river levels have continued to rise after heavy rainfall. The Government flood warning information service says 'the water levels are continuing to rise and there is a danger to life,' with properties being evacuated. Sally Simpson reports.

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Our thoughts are with the residents affected by what has been a major event to hit the borough and the region. We want to pay tribute to our communities for their fantastic response in helping neighbours, strangers and the most vulnerable. We are also grateful to tremendous support from the police, fire service, health, voluntary groups, council staff, local ward members and all our partners who have been working tirelessly around the clock to help our communities.

It has required a highly complex set of responses. This hasn’t been solely one event in one location, it has been a series of events taking place at different times and different locations over an extended period of time and it isn’t over yet. It’s been a big effort but we’re on top of it.

Since the torrential rain on Thursday, we’ve had over 20 flood warnings and nine of these have been severe. It is very difficult to predict and control future events. What we have done and are continuing to do is work with our partners to respond appropriately in an organised and coordinated way as new issues emerge.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster and Damian Allen, Chief Executive at Doncaster Council,

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have so far taken more than 1,600 emergency calls since 12pm on Thursday and conducted 184 rescues across the county.

There has also been severe travel disruption across the region with many roads impassable and train and bus services cancelled.

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It comes after a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours. Sheffield in South Yorkshire received 84mm of rain over 36 hours, which is almost the average monthly rainfall for Yorkshire, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes.

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