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River levels are finally falling, but stay vigilant after the weekend's flooding

Residents in Newark and Sherwood are today being urged to remain vigilant after flooding threatened homes in Newark and surrounding villages along the River Trent at the weekend.

More than 40 caravans and in excess of 100 people were evacuated from the Tolney Lane area of the town, with support provided by Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, Nottinghamshire County Council, the Environment Agency, the British Red Cross and Active4Today.

Caravans were temporarily moved to the Riverside car park and Newark Lorry Park, off Great North Road, with a rest centre set up at the Newark Sports and Fitness Centre on Bowbridge Road.

Staythorpe Road is flooded after Pingley Dyke burst its banks near Staythorpe Powerstation. 071119TV2-7. (21124081)
Staythorpe Road is flooded after Pingley Dyke burst its banks near Staythorpe Powerstation. 071119TV2-7. (21124081)

In Newark, the water levels of the River Trent remain high but are falling at the Farndon gauge. The Environment Agency is continuing to monitor the situation.A flood warning remains in place in Carlton-on-Trent.

Motorists are also being warned to take extra care due to the large volumes of surface water remaining on the roads throughout the district.

Chief executive John Robinson said: “The floods have caused havoc across the country and we’ve had our fair share of challenges here in Newark and Sherwood. Towards the end of last week and over the weekend, we have responded to numerous flood warnings, including the evacuation of Tolney Lane. Staff from every part of the council have lent a hand and I’m grateful to those who worked through the night and over the weekend to support our local community.

“However, with further rain forecast later this week we are continuing to monitor the situation and remain on alert to respond swiftly to help protect our communities.”

For further guidance from the Environment Agency on preparing and recovering from floods go to https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/plan-ahead-for-flooding

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