River rise puts Gainsborough at flooding risk

Flood warnings were last issued in the Gainsborough area on December 14 and again this morning.
Flood warnings were last issued in the Gainsborough area on December 14 and again this morning.
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Gainsborough may be at risk of flooding after river levels came dangerously close to breaking point this morning.

An alert was issued this morning warning of possible floods as river levels came close to breaking point and as severe weather continues across the county the threat of possible floods could persist in the area.

The flood warning for Gainsborough has now been lifted. Check back with us for updates as severe weather continues to raise flooding risks.

The flood warning for Gainsborough has now been lifted. Check back with us for updates as severe weather continues to raise flooding risks.

The River Trent reached 4.58m at around 11.30am this morning - floods are possible if waters reach 4.65m, with warnings that low-lying agricultural land and roads were expected to flood.

The Environment Agency said: "Prolonged rainfall at higher elevations in the East Midlands has caused the River Trent in this location to be higher than normal.

"This coinciding with the rising morning tide will potentially see flooding of lower lying areas."

And alhough the warning is now lifted, threats remain after we reported earlier in December that new homes are at risk from rising waters.

An investigation by Greenpeace released on December 10 found that 750 new homes designated at fast-tracked developments in Greater Gainsborough were at significant risks as waters rise.

Read more: Investigation finds Gainsborough homes at risk of flooding