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Live updates as Storm Babet brings heavy rain and flooding to Newark, Southwell and surrounding areas





As Storm Babet brings heavy rain and flooding to the Advertiser area, we will be keeping readers updated.

See the latest updates below:

8.15am:

With the high river levels, the Environment Agency has put flood warnings in place for properties alongside the River Trent, including in Newark and Farndon.

People are being urged to take action to protect themselves and their properties.

7.30am, Sunday:

Many roads remain closed across Newark and Sherwood this morning.

Here is the latest list, according to Nottinghamshire County Council and AA Traffic

7.30pm

The A617 between the A46 Cattle Market roundabout in Newark and the Fox Inn in Kelham is now closed because the road has been deemed as impassable.

Police have also cautioned against non-essential travel.

"We strongly advise that drivers should only travel if their journey is essential."

6.50pm

Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Local Resilience Forum has declared a major incident across the county as river levels continue to rise.

Record river levels on the River Derwent are likely to lead to further peaks in water levels along the Trent Valley over the next 24 to 48 hours causing further risk of flooding in communities along the Trent Valley.

2.30pm

Newark and Sherwood District Council advise that it is highly likely water levels in the Trent will peak.

1.20pm

Football games to go ahead including the first round of the Isuzu FA Vase competition.

1pm

LNER has advised passengers not to travel today due to the severe weather disruption.

12:30pm

A1 Northbound remains closed, Ollerton is also being affected with traffic congestions

12:15pm

White Post Farm remains closed, the animals are safe.

11.45am

The River Trent levels have increased substantially in the last 24 hours thanks to Storm Babet.

The Castle Barge remains closed.

11.30am

Southwell Minster School has closed its doors early after it’s access, Nottingham Road, was closed due to flooding.

Nottingham Road, Southwell, has been closed due to flooding. Credit: Southwell Town Council via Facebook.
Nottingham Road, Southwell, has been closed due to flooding. Credit: Southwell Town Council via Facebook.

11.15am

The A1 Northbound has been closed near Long Bennington.

10:57am

Residents in Lowdham are installing sandbags as the village experiences flooding.

The village has a long history of severe flooding, and residents have been warned flooding is expected.

The Cocker Beck has burst its banks, although flood defences at Lowdham’s cricket pitch are currently working as expected and collecting the floodwater.


8.30am
Flood alerts remain in place on rivers across the Advertiser area after many residents were forced to spend last night away from their homes because of flooding.

This includes villages around Southwell, Bottesford and East Bridgford.

The Environment Agency is warning people to be aware if travelling in those areas today.

The A1 remains closed in both directions between North Muskham and Tuxford.

Photos reveal the extent of the flooding in Southwell yesterday after the river burst its banks, causing several roads to be closed.

10:52pm

A tree has fallen onto the railway and is blocking all lines between Newark Northgate and Retford.

Train services running through these stations may be delayed.

9.52pm

Nottinghamshire Police have assisted Edwinstowe residents who have been evacuated after the River Maun burst its banks.

Emergency services were called to Mill Lane in the village at around 5.30pm. A number of residents in Mill Lane and High Street were helped to leave their properties. The village hall has become the refuge for people with nowhere else to stay overnight.

9.32pm

Upton Road has been closed at the entrance to Southwell, next to the BP garage.

Station Road remains closed at the River Greet bridge due to floodwater flowing across the road.

Road closures are in place. Stock image
Road closures are in place. Stock image

Further road closures in the county include:

  • Radley Road, Halam
  • Sutton Road, Mansfield
  • Derby Road, Annesley
  • Lambley Lane/Main Street, Burton Joyce
  • Lambley Lane, Lowdham/Lambley
  • Ton Lane, Lowdham
  • Halam Road, Southwell
  • Epperstone Village, Epperstone
  • Melton Road, West Bridgford
  • Southwell Minster school / Church Street, Southwell
  • Thorpe Close, Coddington
  • Cotgrave Lane, Tollerton
  • A6007 Trowell Road, Stapleford
  • Harby Lane, Church Gate, Smyte Bridge, Colston Bassett
  • Main Street, Sutton Bonington
  • Lady Walk, Worksop
  • Newcastle Avenue, Central Avenue, Stubbins Lane, Worksop
  • A60 Mansfield Road, Burnstump Hill, Arnold
  • Farndon Road, Sutton in Ashfield
  • Greenwood Avenue, Hucknall
  • Hollygate Lane, Cotgrave

Many road closures remain in place from earlier in the day.

Many other roads are flooded but passable, although drivers should exercise caution.

Newark and Sherwood District Council earlier announced Norwell, Ompton, Eakring, Wellow, Maplebeck, Egmanton, Halam, Blidworth and Lowdham are inaccesible.

It said: “If you are in these areas, we encourage you to stay indoors, seek help locally, and, if you are in serious difficulty, call 999.”

7pm
Delays of over five minutes on the A1 Northbound between A1 (South Muskham / Caunton Turn Off) and B1164 (Carlton / Sutton / Kneesall Turn Off) are being experienced by drivers. The average speed has dropped to ten mph.

5:45pm

A46 Road is now closed due to flooding.

The A46 Northbound from the A52 turn off to the A6097 turn off near Newton, north of Bingham is the area affected.

5.15pm

A flood warning has been put in place on the River Devon, covering Bottesford, including Easthorpe, Muston, and Woolsthorpe.

The Environment Agency says flooding of property is imminent and urges residents to take action.

3.30pm

Heavy rain the railway between Grantham and Newark Northgate ate means LNER trains are running at a severely reduced speed on all lines.

The additional journey time caused by the slow speeds is reducing the number of trains that can operate through the affected area. Trains between these stations may be delayed by up to 80 minutes, cancelled or revised.

LNER has issued a do not travel message due to flooded railways. Credit: LNER via Twitter
LNER has issued a do not travel message due to flooded railways. Credit: LNER via Twitter

Major disruption is expected until the end of the day.

In a statement on its website, LNER said: “We have services severely delays across the route and we are working with Network Rail to get these trains moving as soon as possible.”

3.15pm

A section of the A1 has been closed due to flooding.

The A1 Southbound near Newark, between Fernwood and Long Bennington, is reported to be closed by the AA.

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2.45pm

The storm is having an impact on roads in the area and impacting journey times for drivers.

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2.40pm

Southwell Library and all mobile libraries have now closed.

2.25pm

A section of the B6034 at Edwinstowe, between the Robin Hood Pub and Rose Cottage, is closed due to a flood.

County councillor Scott Carlton reported on Facebook the landowner is working to alleviate the issue.

2.10pm

Southwell Leisure Centre has closed ‘due to localised flooding’.

It will remain closed for the remainder of the day.

Halloughton Road has also also been closed.

Significant surface water has built up on Main Road, off the A617, near Upton.

2.05pm

Newark and Sherwood District Council is advising residents to stay away from bodies of water, including at Sconce and Devon Park and Vicar Water Country Park.

The lower car park at Vicar Water is closed.

2pm

A number of road closures are in place in Southwell.

The town council posted: “Please make only essential journeys there are now several road closures in place across town including Church St and Nottingham Road.”

1.05pm

A number of libraries have closed due to the adverse weather.

It includes Beeston, Bingham, Eastwood, Bilsthorpe, Toton, Retford and Dukeries.

Sutton in Ashfield Library will close from 3pm.

1pm

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued advice for residents during Storm Babet.

It suggests staying indoors and tuning into local media for updates.

12.55pm

Services across East Midlands Railway Network have been disrupted following heavy rain and flooding.

Services between Newark Castle- Nottingham- Crewe have been suspended until further notice.

EMR recommends that people do not attempt to travel on the route mentioned above.

12:52pm

White Post Farm has closed as areas of the farm flood.

On a Facebook post the attraction said: “Conditions are becoming dangerous and areas of the farm are flooding. The team have made sure all the animals are safe and sheltered.”

12:47pm

Due to flooding along the route, the Nottingham City Transport Pathfinder 26 service between Nottingham and Southwell is terminating at Burton Joyce.

There is no service through Lowdham, Gonalston, Thurgarton or Southwell.

12:22pm

A number of road closures have been put in place, with some residents asked to evacuate their homes.

Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “We have had reports of flooding and road closures throughout the district including Lowdham, Collingham, Norwell, Edwinstowe, Thurgarton, Bulcote, Kneesall, Bilsthorpe and Blidworth, where some residents have been asked to leave their homes. Our teams are supporting emergency services to deliver aid.”

Caunton Dean Hole school has also been closed due to severe flooding.

12:14pm

Newark MP Robert Jenrick has said, via Facebook, he is “in touch with the County Council and Councillors in Lowdham, Gunthorpe, Hoveringham, Girton, Newark and other communities liable to be impacted”.

As well as encouraging residents to check the Environment Agency website and Notts County Council website for updates, he has told residents to call or email his office if they can assist them.

He added: “I appreciate what a distressing time this is for those impacted.”

11:50am

Following the flooding in Lowdham, part of Station Street which grants access to Lowdham Railway Station is closed on the War Memorial side.

People wishing to use the railway station can still access it from the other end of the road.

Residents in Lowdham have shared images of the flooding in the village to Facebook.

Flooding in Lowdham. Credit: James Francis Veevers via Facebook
Flooding in Lowdham. Credit: James Francis Veevers via Facebook
Flooding in Lowdham. Credit: Nicola Clarke via Facebook
Flooding in Lowdham. Credit: Nicola Clarke via Facebook

11.30am

Southwell Minster School has closed its doors early after it’s access, Nottingham Road, was closed due to flooding.

Nottingham Road, Southwell, has been closed due to flooding. Credit: Southwell Town Council via Facebook.
Nottingham Road, Southwell, has been closed due to flooding. Credit: Southwell Town Council via Facebook.

10:57am

Residents in Lowdham are installing sandbags as the village experiences flooding.

The village has a long history of severe flooding, and residents have been warned flooding is expected.

The Cocker Beck has burst its banks, although flood defences at Lowdham’s cricket pitch are currently working as expected and collecting the floodwater.



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