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Residents in village cut off by floods rally together

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A pub and cafe are providing focal points for those who chose to remain in Fishlake, near Doncaster.

People living in a village cut off by floodwater say they are helping each other get through the crisis until the water levels drop.

Many parts of Fishlake, near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, remain under 3ft (1 metre) of water from the nearby River Don and only tractors are able to get in by road.

About half of the 700 residents evacuated as water began to inundate the village during heavy rains, but Claire Holling, who runs the Old Butchers cafe, said others chose to stay in the upper floors of their homes.

Some people spent Saturday in the Hare and Hounds pub, with other seeking shelter and company in the church, she added.

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Helen Edwards hands out free bacon sandwiches to villagers (Ben Birchall/PA)

“I just managed to get here on the back of a tractor and I live in the village,” she said.

“We’ve opened up and we’re making sure everyone has bacon and sausage sandwiches and a warm settee to sit on. It’s getting quite full in here now.

“Everyone’s pulling together and making sure vulnerable people are being looked after.”

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The Hare and Hounds was sending hot meals to people trapped in their homes and firefighters were in the village to provide rescue if necessary, Ms Holling said.

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A JCB transports people and their belongings through floodwater to other parts of Fishlake (Ben Birchall/PA)

Asked about his house, Mr Greenslade said: “I know it’s underwater. A neighbour sent some pictures of the outside of it. But that was yesterday and they say the waters are rising.

“We’ve just decorated it all and we moved in three weeks ago to get ready for the baby.”

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He added: “I’m trying to get through to Doncaster Council but nobody’s getting back to me.

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Residents have been working together since the village was cut off (Ben Birchall/PA)

“I need to get back to get some bits. I’m in same clothes I was in on Thursday.

“Luckily, some friends have been round a fetched a second-hand Moses basket and loads of second-hand clothes and stuff. So the baby’s OK. But all of her stuff is at our house.”

He said he is in constant touch with friends and family in Fishlake.

“Everybody’s helping each other out – it’s amazing,” he said. “All of the community and everything. But the council are not doing anything, it seems to us.”

Mr Greenslade said people in the village wanted information about what the council and Environment Agency had planned: “But they’re not saying anything.”

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Fire and rescue crews transport people through the village (Ben Birchall/PA)

The pub wrote: “We have been inundated with calls, messages from people wanting a HOT MEAL. These people have no electricity & are living upstairs.

“We have the equipment to cook the lunches we just need the food!! Please please answer us, we have been trying to contact you all morning.”

In a response to comments, the pub said: “They’ve (the council) now decided no resources will be used bringing such things in when they want to evacuate those out.

“There’s been loitering, so police are now present, but the stranded are scared to leave and risk losing what little they have left. Fuming.”

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