Retford people told to brace themselves for more floods

FLASH floods plunged parts of Retford into chaos this morning, and people are being told to brace themselves for more bad news.

Overnight and this morning, residents in the town and surrounding villages were battling rain, and rising flood water.

Parts of the town centre were hit, and of the villages, Clarborough, Walkeringham and Bawtry were the worst affected.

In Bawtry, Great North Road was closed after huge flooding there, and at Markham Moor, the A1 roundabout was shut off.

Primary schools in Clarborough and North Wheatley were also closed for the day.

Retford Leisure Centre was used as an emergency rest home for those affected by the flooding in both Worksop and Retford – staff there are also on standby to take more evacuees should the situation in Rotherham deteriorate further.

Emergency teams from Notts County and Bassetlaw Councils were out all day helping flood victims, and are on standby for tomorrow.

Today, Notts County Council issued a severe flood warning, as it's likely the River Idle will burst its banks from Gamston to Bawtry.

If the worst happens people living in Eaton, Ordsall, Thrumpton, Bolham, Mattersey and Retford, will be affected.

Updates on the situation will appear on the Guardian website throughout the day tomorrow