A husband and wife running a pub in a waterlogged South Yorkshire village say the council have rowed back on their promise of food supplies.
In a show of community spirit, staff at Fishlake’s Hare and Hounds pub have been bringing food to people stranded in their homes.
Landlords Angie and Scott Godfrey say Doncaster Council offered to provide fresh meat and vegetables on Saturday evening so staff could cook up proper meals for people in need.
They were asked to send a list of ingredients by Sunday morning but were left ‘fuming’ after hearing nothing back from them.
Scott told Metro.co.uk it was only after complaining to MP for Doncaster North Ed Miliband that the council called.
They said they won’t be providing ‘on-the-ground support’ because of severe ‘threat to life’ flood warnings in the area.
But Scott says the pub is safe on its hill and that plenty of people have decided to stay put in their homes no matter what.
He added: ‘The stranded are scared to leave and risk losing what little they have left.’
‘People in the next village were willing to bring any provisions that the council provided over.’
Scott says he’s been been ‘inundated with calls’ from people living without electricity who want a hot meal.
He added: ‘The support from the council has been rubbish. There’s a lot of residents who have still not had phone calls from them. They feel very let down.
‘It’s been the people of Fishlake that have actually pulled together.’
The village has been blessed with donations from the surrounding area and farmers have been using their vehicles to help carry supplies.
But they are mostly non-perishables which is why the pub requested some extra help from the council.
The pub has its own gas supply and power and has become a safe haven for the 70 people who come every day, along with the six people sleeping there on camp beds.
Staff are heating up hot soup and trying to bring whatever they can to another 50 to 100 people who find it harder to get around the floodwater.
Chris Nowak, 66, told Metro.co.uk: ‘They’re not going to give any provision to people or to look after people who want to stay in their homes or protect them. It’s just really unbelievable.’
He accused the council of not ‘getting their finger out’ by giving out enough sandbags ahead of the floods hitting.
Chris added: ‘It’s not that people weren’t informed that this weather-front was actually going to hit.
‘People knew about it days before it actually came and they knew how bad it was going to be.
‘I think it could have been prevented by the council being proactive rather than being reactive.’
Claire Holling, who runs the Old Butchers cafe, said people spent Saturday night in the pub, with other seeking shelter and company in the church.
She said her business and the Hare and Hounds have become the centre of a community pulling together to get through.
Claire added: ‘We’ve opened up and we’re making sure everyone has bacon and sausage sandwiches and a warm settee to sit on. It’s getting quite full in here now.
‘Everyone’s pulling together and making sure vulnerable people are being looked after.’
Chief Executive of Doncaster Council Damian Allen said: ‘Our officers have been out and are working around the clock with the residents across Doncaster, who are caught up in the flooding, to provide support and reassurance where it is safe to do so.
‘The focus for all staff has been, and remains to be, the safety of our residents during this emergency situation.
‘We are working on a full scale recovery plan with our partners that will be implemented once the situation has been downgraded by the Environment Agency.’
He said where there remains a threat to life, the ‘blue light services’ will continue to lead support efforts.
Mr Allen added: ‘We will carry on taking a steer from the Environment Agency and the emergency services as to where our resources are best placed.
‘We currently have staff knocking on doors, in the areas we can access, asking residents what help they will need so we can ensure that the information and advice they require is in place and included in the recovery planning.
‘We also have refuse vehicles out picking up rubbish left behind by the flood and any flood damaged goods.’
He said a 24-hour public information helpline has received more than 1,200 calls.
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