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Nottinghamshire County Council urges residents to prepare for flooding

Residents across Nottinghamshire are being reminded to check flooding advice following Storm Henk.

A number of communities across the county have already experienced flooding, and with river levels in some places yet to peak, Nottinghamshire County Council is advising residents to check flood alerts and warnings in place across the county to stay prepared:

•  Live updates – Storm Henk: Flood alerts and warnings in force across Nottinghamshire

The county council is also advising residents to read advice on how to prepare for a flood and what to do during a flood: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/flooding-help-and-advice

Heavy rain from Storm Henk has also seen a number of road closures be put in place and motorists can keep up to date with these closures:

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•  Live updates: These Nottinghamshire roads closed because of flooding

Other advice from the county council includes an urgent reminder to motorists to never ignore road closure signs and to avoid driving through flood water.

In a number of cases, vehicles driving through flood water have caused bow waves which pushes flood water further towards properties.

With children across Nottinghamshire still enjoying the Christmas holidays, parents are being advised to remind children not to play in flood water.

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Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We know that flooding devastates communities and we are working closely with our partner agencies to support residents and communities affected by flooding.

“Situations like these are ever-changing and at the moment we are expecting the River Trent to peak tomorrow morning (4 January). This means that further flooding is expected and we are urging residents in the affected areas to be prepared for this.

“One of the best ways to be prepared is to keep up-to-date with flood alerts and warnings by visiting the Government’s website.

“A number of communities in Newark and Sherwood and Bassetlaw are at particular risk and we are working closely with Newark and Sherwood and Bassetlaw district councils to support these residents.”

“We know that closing roads due to flooding has an impact on motorists but we want to reiterate that when we close roads, we do this for the safety of all road users, and we cannot stress enough the danger of ignoring road closure signs.

“30cm of flowing water is enough to move a car and so we’re appealing to motorists to respect road closure signs and to refrain from moving them.

“I’d like to recognise the resilience of communities across Nottinghamshire and say thank you to residents and motorists for their patience whilst we continue to deal with the ongoing situation alongside our partners.”

• Live updates: A52 Saxondale westbound closed due to flooding

•  A1 northbound in Nottinghamshire closed because of flooding

•  Live updates – Flood alerts and warnings in force across Nottinghamshire

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