UPDATE: Flooding expected to peak between 6pm and 9pm tonight
Nottinghamshire Police are warning people in the Newark area to heed local flooding advice, as officers continue to monitor rising river levels following the recent wet weather.
The A617 Kelham Bridge has been closed after the River Trent burst its banks, flooding nearby roads. The road remains closed between The Fox Inn public house at Kelham and the A617 junction with the A46 and A616 Newark Cattle Market island.
Police officers are also continuing to work closely with colleagues from Newark and Sherwood District Council to monitor the impact on the Tolney Lane travellers’ site at Newark, where occupants are being supported with river levels expected to rise, peaking at some time between 6pm and 9pm this evening.
There are currently 20 or so caravans evacuated to Newark Lorry Park, where travellers from Tolney Lane have been told they can stay for 24 hours, or until the danger is lifted.
District council officers on the scene have said that the evacuated residents are in good spirits.
Chief Inspector Liz Rogers from Nottinghamshire Police said: “We’re continuing to monitor the impact of the recent wet weather and are working closely with our partners to help minimise the impact on the communities we serve.
“We’re urging people to take reasonable precautions to protect themselves and their property by ensuring they are seeking out updates about flooding in their area, as well as taking extra care when they are either driving or walking through areas of standing area.
“With water on the roads and temperatures due to fall overnight, we’re also warning drivers to take extra care on the county’s roads."
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