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Environment Agency appeals for South Yorkshire flood wardens

Residents in parts of South Yorkshire are being urged to become volunteer flood wardens to help their communities in an emergency.

The Environment Agency said it wanted to recruit wardens in both Chapeltown and Ecclesfield.

The areas were severely affected by flooding in June 2007.

Flood wardens provide witness reports on river levels and ensure neighbours are aware of the risks of flooding.

There are currently 30 flood warden groups across Yorkshire and Lizzy Haynes, flood resilience officer with the agency, said they played a vital role.

She added: "The additional information that a warden can provide us with might mean extra precious minutes for residents to save themselves and their property."

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