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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 June 2007, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK
Residents braced for more floods
Floods in Bentley near Doncaster
Parts of South Yorkshire remain submerged in water
Residents in parts of South Yorkshire ravaged by flooding are bracing themselves as forecasters predict heavy rainfall over the weekend.

Emergency crews worked across the region on Saturday in a bid to prevent the predicted heavy downpours causing further devastation.

Hundreds of homes remain flooded with areas including Bentley and Toll Bar near Doncaster still badly affected.

Five severe flood warnings are currently in place in the North East.

'Superman' found

A spokeswoman for the South Yorkshire emergency control centre said: "Bentley and Toll Bar are still really our priority at the moment.

"Everywhere else is settling down a little bit.

"We're monitoring the river levels with the Environment Agency. It's still pretty much the same situation as yesterday."

Meanwhile, a man who police described as a "superman" after he tried desperately to save a 68-year-old man who died when he fell into raging floodwater has come forward.

This is just one example of the acts of heroism and community spirit shown across South Yorkshire in these difficult times
Ch Supt Jon House

The man tried in vain to resuscitate Peter Harding, who was swept under a raging torrent 6ft (2m) deep in Newhall Road in Brightside on Monday.

South Yorkshire Police later appealed for the man to contact them so he could be thanked by the dead man's family.

A force spokeswoman said the Sheffield man, called Darren, had come forward but did not wish to speak publicly about his rescue attempt.

Ch Supt Jon House said: "The fact that this gentleman does not want any fuss typifies his modest approach to attempting to save someone's life.

"This is just one example of the acts of heroism and community spirit shown across South Yorkshire in these difficult times.

"I'd like to thank Darren and the other members of the public who tried to save Mr Harding - and the media for helping us to trace them."

On Friday, Prince Charles visited Catcliffe, in Rotherham, and Sheffield to meet flood victims and emergency services as the clean-up continued across the region.

The Prince said he felt "enormously sympathetic" to the plight of those affected.


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