Lake level rises as pumps head off floods
MANVERS Lake became four feet deeper as a result of the weekend’s rain as water was pumped into it from the River Dearne to prevent flooding further downstream.
The Danum Drainage Board carried out the operation as part of the area’s flood prevention scheme leaving benches and paths submerged.
Mark Benton, director of Manvers Lake and Dearne Valley Trust, said the lake had been designed as a “balancing pond” to store water when river levels rose.
The water was released again when the river levels dropped.
“The islands on the lake stand around three feet above the lake so that when the water level is raised, it doesn’t affect the nests,” said Mark.
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“The boathouse was also built around eight feet above the water level to prevent flooding.
“The whole point is to stop flooding in Doncaster and the surrounding areas.”
The lake level is now back to normal and the various sports and recreation activities taking place from the club house are unaffected, although open-water swimming has been halted until 8am on Saturday,
Our picture of the lake was taken by Advertiser photographer Steve Mettam.
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