‘MORE needs to be done’ to protect flood-hit homes before the winter sets in - after gales brought down a tree over a watercourse and forced up river levels.

October 2019 to February 2020 was deemed to be the wettest five-month period around the River Dove’s catchment since 1891.

Low Valley Flood Group formed in response but despite promises to invest heavily into dredging and gulley clearance work, members still fear the worst.

The issue reared its head again earlier this month when strong winds brought down a tree beside the River Dove bridge on Stonyford Road - a notorious flooding pinch-point.

Member Linda Wilding said: “We always report matters like this but we’re passed between the council, Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water and it takes an age when timing is of the essence.

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“Immediate action is required and previous flooding incidents show that waiting is simply not the right way to go - people are genuinely fearful of future floods.”