Newark and Sherwood residents told to prepare for the impacts of flooding
Residents in flood-risk areas are being advised to be prepared for the impacts of adverse weather as Nottinghamshire Police and partners work together to keep people safe.
Some communities are being given targeted information locally warning them to be ready to leave their homes as flood warnings are in place.
Superintendent Claire Rukas, leading the Local Resilience Forum’s Tactical Co-ordinating group, said: "Nottinghamshire Police is part of a multi-agency response to the demands caused by flooding and we are working with our partners to ensure affected communities are given all the information they need locally to respond to any impacts.
"It is a constantly changing picture but a number of flood warnings remain in place which may affect people's homes and we are all well prepared to act and continue to keep those affected informed.
"Police and the fire service are helping to get the message out locally as well as supporting local councils should they be called upon to help residents find alternative accommodation.
"The restrictions that are in place due to covid-19 include an exemption relating to people removing themselves from danger. If people are forced to leave their homes we would urge them to ensure social distancing is maintained."
Anyone forced to leave their property to seek shelter with friends and family should take care to observe the behaviours to prevent the spread of covid-19. They should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, cover their face in enclosed spaces, keep a two-metre distance where possible and let fresh air in.
Emergency services and local authority responders will be provided with PPE and will be tested regularly to help prevent the spread of covid-19.
A number of roads in the county have also been closed for safety reasons and drivers are being advised to plan their journeys and avoid driving through flood water.
Superintendent Rukas added: "We would urge people to monitor flood warnings and plan ahead with journeys to ensure they avoid areas affected by flooding.
"In particular we would urge people not to risk driving through flood water which can often be more hazardous than it appears. Vehicles could potentially become stranded or even swept away if water is deeper then it seems and there may be hidden hazards below the surface that cause a vehicle to become stuck.
"Our advice is to avoid flood-hit areas and if you come across one, find an alternative route."
The current road closures are:
- A617 to Kelham is closed both ways between Ollerton Road and A46 cattlemarket roundabout. Diversion on to A616
- Kelham/Trent Lane
- Tinkers Lane, Girton
- Ford Lane, Caunton
- Stoke Lane, Gedling (pictured)
- Main Street/Church Lane, Costock
- Cotgrave Lane/Tollerton Lane, Tollerton
- Caythorpe Road, Lowdham
- Hoveringham Road, Caythorpe/Hoveringham
- Rufford Ford
Holme Pierrepont Country Park is also closed to visitors due to rising river levels and flooding.