Councils help Doncaster after sandbags plea

By Dan Peters and Chris Ames | 18 November 2019

Councils clubbed together after desperate Doncaster MBC put out an urgent request for 20,000 sandbags amid warnings that communities could become cut off by flooding.

Multiple offers of support were received from councils after the torrential downpours.

In a message to councils, Local Government Association chief executive, Mark Lloyd, wrote: 'I know that many of the offers came from councils preparing to manage their own weather issues, but which were still able to release some of their supplies, highlighting how local government pulls together to provide support in an emergency.

'The local government family has done what it does best and pulled together to respond to requests for help from those councils most severely affected.'

It is estimated that more than 1,000 Doncaster properties have been evacuated and the council expects that it will be weeks before Stainforth residents can safely return to their homes.

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