Amber and yellow weather warnings are in place for Newark and Sherwood because of Storm Babet. Persistent and heavy rain led to localised surface water flooding on Friday and this is likely to continue through the weekend. 40 flood warnings are already in place with disruption to the road networks, buses, and trains. Check NSDC’s page for the latest information.
Environment Agency are actively monitoring levels on the Trent, and advise it is highly likely that levels will peak and more areas will flood. The timings are not confirmed but are likely to be rising through the night and into tomorrow. If you live in an area which has experienced flooding in the past, or near to areas that have flooded, please prepare. There is a chance that flooding may expand to neighbouring properties which have previously been unaffected. For advice for the flood risk to your area please go to the Environment Agency https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/find-location
Local partners are working together to provide emergency support and help where needed and are urging the public to stay safe and help keep the level of disruption to a minimum.
Please help emergency services by following the advice below:
- Only travel if necessary
- Don’t ignore a flood warning or a road closure sign
- Give yourself plenty of time for your journey and plan a second route
If you must drive:
- never drive into flood water, 30mm (1 inch) of water is enough to cause a vehicle to float and drift
- slow down and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front
- use your headlights if visibility is poor
- Do not to enter flood water in case of hidden hazards such as lifted manhole covers.
- River flooding is possible so stay away from swollen rivers.
The River Trent is still rising with levels expected to peak later this weekend. You can find information for how to prepare for a flood, what to do during a flood and how to recover in the aftermath on the NSDC Flood FAQs page. There is also helpful information about recovering from a flood available on the Government’s How To Recover After A Flood page and the National Flood Forum’s Flood Recovery page.