Britain rallies behind flooded villages as Tesco sends food parcels

Cut off by the floods: Farm is completely stranded as River Eau bursts its banks after torrential downpours and Britain braces for two weeks’ worth of rain on Thursday

  • Henry Ward’s farmhouse and outbuildings have been left surrounded by water after the Eau burst its banks
  • Parts of South Yorkshire and East Midlands were deluged by more than 15 inches of rainfall over recent days
  • Major recovery effort is now underway after 400 homes were flooded and 1,600 properties were evacuated 
  • Emergency appeal to support ‘displaced’ families has raised almost £85,000 and Tesco is also helping out 

A farm was dramatically cut off by floodwater today after a river in Lincolnshire burst its banks following torrential downpours – as Britain braces for two weeks’ worth of rain on Thursday. 

Henry Ward’s farmhouse and outbuildings have been left surrounded by water after the Barlings Eau, a river near Lincoln, burst its banks, joining 1,000 acres of farmland in the county that is already under water.

Almost 40 flood warnings remain in place as more torrential rain is forecast over South Yorkshire and the East Midlands – where 400 homes have already been deluged and 1,600 evacuated. 

The area has been hit by more than 15 inches of rainfall in recent days – 45 per cent of the average for autumn. On Thursday, almost an entire month’s worth of rain fell.

Despite the huge downpour, Mr Ward believes the Environment Agency, which manages the river Eau, could do more to help. 

He said: ‘I’d just like a plan going forward, what’s going to happen in the short term. The breach, it’s still open, it’s still flooding our land now. We’d just like to know when they’re going to plug the hole.’

Britain is rallying behind people affected by heavy flooding, with Tesco sending hundreds of food parcels to victims as an emergency fundraising campaign reached nearly £85,000.  

Henry Ward’s farmhouse and outbuildings have been left surrounded by water after the Barlings Eau, a river near Lincoln, burst its banks, joining 1,000 acres of farmland in the county that is already under water

Despite the huge downpour, Mr Ward believes the Environment Agency, which manages the river Eau, could do more to help. Pictured is a flooded road that used to lead to his farm 

Mr Ward said: ‘I’d just like a plan going forward, what’s going to happen in the short term. The breach, it’s still open, it’s still flooding our land now. We’d just like to know when they’re going to plug the hole’

Around 400 homes have been flooded and 1,600 properties evacuated in recent days, including at Fishlake in Doncaster, where cars are seen submerged in water 

Police with rescue equipment wade through floodwater to find people caught in floodwater near Fishlake this morning

A car floats through a flooded field near Fishlake as recovery efforts continue. Four Environment Agency pumps are in the village to try and relieve residents

Referring to Mr Ward’s case, the Environment Agency said they were monitoring the situation and added: ‘We will be working with the Internal Drainage Board to develop a plan to pump the water back into the surrounding river channels.’        

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair a chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee later today in response to the emergency. 

The latest area to be hit by flooding is the village of Fishlake, near Doncaster, which has largely become submerged by water.

Four Environment Agency pumps are in the village to try and relieve residents.

Tractors and boats have been used to get around Fishlake, with many roads in the area under floodwater.

An RAF Chinook helicopter last night airlifted stones to help strengthen flood defences in Bentley, one of the worst hit areas of Doncaster.

They were called upon to move tonnes of aggregate to provide a raised access at to allow an Environment Agency field team to shore up the defences.

Overall 40 tonnes of aggregate was moved in 10 shuttles.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn previously urged the PM to ‘take personal charge’ of the situation and convene the emergency response committee.

In a letter, Mr Corbyn said: ‘If this had happened in Surrey, not Yorkshire or the East Midlands, it seems far more likely that a national emergency would have been declared.’

Residents were using boats and tractors to get around Fishlake this morning, while this man resorted to some old fashioned Wellington boots 

Swans were smeared with oil during the flood in South Yorkshire and had to be rescued by the RSPCA in preparation for cleaning 


The oil-covered swans had to be pulled from the floodwaters (left) before being scrubbed by hand by RSPCA workers. They will soon be returned to the wild 

The area has been hit by more than 15 inches of rainfall in recent days – 45 per cent of the average for autumn. On Thursday, almost an entire month’s worth of rain fell. Pictured are floodwaters near Fishlake 

Floodwaters in fields around Fishlake have also submerged the village itself, leaving residents relying on boats and tractors to get around 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair a chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee later today in response to the emergency

The weather forecast above shows that rain is present for the next three days across the country, with some sunny spells in the south today

Some residents in affected areas have been rescued by boat while military helicopters have been deployed to help boost flood defences.

The Environment Agency has 38 flood warnings in place as well as five severe warnings on the River Don in South Yorkshire.

Rail services and major roads throughout South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire continue to be affected.

An RSPCA rescue operation to save 60 swans stranded in polluted floodwater was launched yesterday and continues this morning.

On Friday, Derbyshire’s former High Sherriff Annie Hall was swept to her death by floodwater.

Her body was recovered from the rain-swollen River Derwent two miles downstream of where she was swept from.        

‘Scumbag’ criminals take advantage of severe flooding to break into abandoned cars

Shocking video shows how criminals are taking advantage of severe flooding to break into abandoned cars.

The clip films vehicles in a flooded road in Bolton-Upon Dearne, South Yorkshire, with windows smashed and doors wrenched open.

The footage was filmed by Micheal Hearne, as he drove along the submerged street, who said it was ‘unbelievable what level people drop too.’

Mr Hearne, from Sheffield, captioned the video as ‘Like something off a film’ adding: ‘robbing abandoned cars and vans. Really.’

The video includes a black Vauxhall estate that has had its front side window and rear side window broken.

.The footage was filmed by Micheal Hearne, as he drove along the submerged street, who said it was ‘unbelievable what level people drop too’

The clip films vehicles in a flooded road in Bolton-Upon Dearne, South Yorkshire, with windows smashed and doors wrenched open

The video includes a black Vauxhall estate that has had its front side window and rear side window broken

A black BMW with its rear window smashed in is also seen along with a van that has clearly had its rear doors forced and front windows shattered.

Karen Whapplington wrote under Michael’s post: ‘Oh my dear lord what complete and utter scumbags. I am shocked that there’s scum that would do this.’ 

Jason Blessed said: ‘What kind of area is it turning into. Sodding disgusting. Those poor b****s have it bad enough their cars a knackered.

Then some low life t**s do that.’

A black BMW with its rear window smashed in is also seen along with a van that has clearly had its rear doors forced and front windows shattered

Bel Miles wrote: ‘They thought it was an episode of The Walking Dead and went to check for supplies. Tramps.’ 

Speaking today, Michael said he filmed the clip on Saturday following heavy rain the previous two days.

He said: ‘I just thought how could people drop that low to go waist deep in water and vandalise or rob stranded cars. Owners not turning up to recover their car. They are now vandalised.’

‘It was passable that morning as the water level had gone down from the night. It was all closed off yesterday for the recovery and cleaning up the road.’ 

South Yorkshire Police has been approached for comment.

More heavy rain is expected in parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands already suffering from flooding.

The Environment Agency has 44 flood warnings in place across the country, including five severe warnings on the River Don in South Yorkshire. 

A yellow warning for rain remains in place over parts of Yorkshire and the East Midlands on Monday. 

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