Agency issues flood warnings

SECTIONS of the River Rother, River Don and the Blackburn Brook are under flood alert after heavy rain deluged South Yorkshire this week.

A new flood warning service from the Environment Agency enables more targeted warnings to be issued to specific geographical areas. Alerts can be targeted to communities rather than whole towns’ neighbouring rivers.

But the Environment Agency said take-up of the free service is low in areas including Chapeltown and Ecclesfield. Call 0845 9881188 to sign up.