Residents told to leave homes as northern England floods

Elias Hubbard
November 9, 2019

Tonight there are more than 100 flood warnings still in place across England - and along the River Don there are six severe weather warnings - meaning a possible danger to life.

The Met Office's amber weather warning for heavy rain covering parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands is in place until 6am and communities are bracing themselves for more of the deluge which brought travel chaos on Thursday.

One man told the BBC he carried children from his gym in Rotherham, wading through water that had submerged the streets outside.

Dozens of people were forced to spend Thursday night at Meadowhall shopping centre near Sheffield, after roads flooded and water from River Don poured over the top of defences completed a year ago at a cost of more than £20 million.

Rain eased off Friday and the Environment Agency said levels along the Don were starting to fall, though areas downstream from Sheffield could still face flooding.

On Friday, the floods claimed the life of a woman who was swept into the River Derwent at Rowsley in Derbyshire.

Toll Bar Post Office worker Kathleen Overton, 61, told the PA news agency: "It was nearly biblical, I would say".

She said: "It got to the point where I wasn't able to walk out, so I was taken out on the boat".

As the floods swept the north, people became stranded in their cars, train lines were blocked, and late-night shoppers were forced to spend the night in shopping centres.

There were more than 30 flood warnings in place for Nottinghamshire, though none were near Sutton-in-Ashfield where Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited on his election campaign trail on Friday.

In Doncaster, council members warned people living near the River Don to evacuate their homes as the torrent spilled over its banks.

Rail operator Northern issued "do not travel" advice to passengers, with services between Hull, Leeds, Lincoln and Manchester affected.

In some areas a month's worth of rain fell in just one one day.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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