Over 100 flood warnings in place in northern England

The fire service helped rescue shoppers in Rotherham

Friday, November 8, 2019

A total of 116 flood warnings are in place in parts of northern England after heavy downpours.

Parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands are waking up to their wettest day in years, with flooding and home evacuations having continued overnight.

Some of the most dramatic scenes were in Sheffield and Rotherham where a number of roads were left impassable to traffic, with cars stranded in floodwater and gridlock resulting on many routes.

Last night, some shoppers spent the night at Sheffield's Meadowhall centre, sleeping on benches and chairs after gridlocked traffic left them unable to leave.

And in Mansfield, 35 homes were evacuated after a mudslide in the area.

Shoppers spent the night at Sheffield's Meadowhall centre. Image: Luke Turner

South Yorkshire Police said there had been "significant issues" in Doncaster, with Bentley, Toll Bar and Scawthorpe the worst affected areas.

They were called to the Parkgate Shopping Park in Rotherham last night, amid reports shoppers were trapped inside due to flood waters.

South Yorkshire Police tweeted that they were working to move "a number of people" who were stranded in the complex to "a place of safety".

The Met Office has predicted the flooding rains will clear and move south-east by lunchtime, but many flood warnings are expected to remain in place for the next few days.

The highest rainfall in the country on Thursday was recorded at Swineshaw in the Peak District, which had 112 millimetres in the 24 hours to 2am.

"There were a lot of other places that had 80 millilitres or more, especially in Yorkshire," a Met Office spokesman added.

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