Torrential rain in England strands shoppers, floods streets

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2019

Torrential rain drenched parts of north and central England, swelling rivers, forcing evacuations and disrupting travel.

An Environment Agency flooding forecast predicted: "Widespread flooding is probable from surface water and rivers in West and South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Derbyshire. into early Friday morning".

"If you are traveling to collect people, do not attempt your journey". Some 30 people sought refuge in the Meadowhall shopping centre after flood waters stranded shoppers who had turned up to see Christmas lights switched on.

Teams have battled through the night to save homes in Catcliffe with 3 million litres of water an hour being pumped away from houses in the area.

Shopper Saskia Hazelwood, 17, from Doncaster, told PA she and her friends "instantly started panicking" when they saw there was no way of getting home.

Floods hit the city of Sheffield, where the River Don overflowed after 85 millimetres of rain fell on Thursday local time.

The average monthly rainfall total for Yorkshire for November is 89mm. "We'll continue to look after them until they can return home safely".

South Yorkshire Police have warned there are "significant issues" in Doncaster, with Bentley, Toll Bar and Scawthorpe the worst affected areas.

There were 30 flood warnings in place for Nottinghamshire, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson is visiting on his campaign trail.

Doncaster council has advised residents in these areas via Twitter to evacuate their homes immediately.

Rail operator Northern issued "do not travel" advice for passengers using five lines on its network hit by the deluge.

But forecasters offered some respite.

Alex Burkill, meteorologist with the Met Office, said: "Some places have seen a month's worth of rain in one day".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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