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Residents told to ‘stay vigilant’ as severe flood warning reduced in Retford

Residents are being urged to stay vigilant despite a flood warning for their town being reduced. The warning for the River Idle in Retford has been downgraded from ‘severe’ by the Environment Agency but remains in effect as Storm Babet continues.

The river levels are high but have begun to fall at the Ordsall river gauge, according to the Environment Agency. Areas most at risk are Retford, Eaton, Gamston, the A638 Eaton to Ordsall Road, the B6387 Gamston Road at Gamston, Eaton Road at Eaton, and the A631 at Bawtry.

The agency expects the river levels to remain high throughout Monday, October 23 and has warned of further rainfall on Tuesday. Cllr Neil Clarke, the cabinet member for transport and the environment at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It is good news that the Environment Agency has downgraded its severe flood warning. [However,] I would urge communities to remain vigilant and to cooperate with the emergency services as flood warnings remain in place.

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“The people of Retford have shown resilience and true community spirit in their support of each other during very difficult circumstances.” Danger-to-life warnings were issued for the town, with around 200 properties evacuated.

Residents said they were ‘sad, worried and frustrated’ by the initial severity of the situation. According to county council guidance, residents should ‘maintain high levels of vigilance’ and keep checking flood alerts.

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