Floods hit homes as parts of UK get a month‘s rain in an hour

Residents are evacuated as raging flood waters swamp homes after torrential downpours with a MONTH‘S rain falling in just an HOUR – while SNOW also hits Britain

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Raging flood waters have swamped homes after torrential downpours brought a month‘s rainfall in just an hour – while snow sweeps across parts of Britain amid urgent Amber and Yellow weather warnings. 

Residents in Whiston near Sheffield were photographed trying to get back into their severely flooded homes on Thursday afternoon, following a Met Office flood alert warning of a ‘danger to life‘, amid fears that four inches of rain could fall in just eight hours. 

Dramatic photos show residents wading through dirty flood water, cars abandoned and homes which have been submerged by nearly ten feet of water in some parts. 

In Scotland, arctic winds are threatening to bring heavy snowfall as a low-pressure system moves in. Snow ploughs were used on frostbitten roads to prevent travel chaos as roads became blanketed with ice.

And in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, residents were evacuated from 35 homes following a mudslide caused by heavy rain, as persistent downpours battered Yorkshire and the north Midlands. 

Elsewhere, at Meadowhall, an indoor shopping centre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Christmas events have been cancelled after flooding left the area gridlocked as police urged people not to travel.

There are reports people may be stranded inside and unable to return home due to the severe flooding, with suggestions on Twitter that some have had to buy pyjamas and bedding from within the centre.  

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Flooded: Raging flood waters have swamped homes after torrential downpours following a month‘s rain fall in just an hour – as snow sweeps parts of Britain amid Amber and Yellow weather warnings. A basement studio owned by artist Liz Churton, is destroyed by flood water. Homes are severely flooded as raging flood water rises in the village of Whiston near Sheffield

Britons have had to battle snow and floods in parts of the country with the Met Office issuing a ‘danger to life‘ warning. The weather service currently has two yellow warnings and a more severe amber warning in place that last until early Friday. A snow plough on the A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul road is pictured clearing ice to prevent travel chaos

The wet weather will be accompanied by ‘strengthening‘ north-easterly winds, with many areas within the yellow zone seeing between up to 1.5 inches of rain, the Met Office said

People at Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire have been told to stay put for their own safety after ‘biblical‘ rainfall caused heavy flooding on the surrounding roads

The now overflowing River Don which is next to the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield was been put on lockdown after all the roads surrounding have been left submerged under two to three feet of water

The Meadowhall Shopping Centre (pictured tonight), which was also flooded in 2007, said its Christmas Live event, was forced to cancel its Christmas Live event which was expected to be attended by thousands of people on Thursday evening

Hundreds of people were kept inside Meadowhall Shopping centre near Sheffield due to gridlocked traffic outside (pictured, flooding outside the shopping centre on Thursday evening)

In Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, residents were evacuated from 35 homes following a mudslide caused by heavy rain, as persistent downpours battered Yorkshire and the north Midlands

Nottinghamshire Police said officers were called to Bank End Close alongside the fire service and Mansfield District Council just before 5pm on Thursday following concerns for the safety of people living in the houses

Emergency services rushed to Mansfield just before 5pm on Thursday following reports of concerns for the safety of residents.Pictures from the scene show a number of properties almost engulfed by mud

Traffic on the A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul road on Thursday. A yellow warning is also in place for north Wales and English border towns and people living in the vicinity should expect heavy rain with a chance of flooding till midnight tonight

Flooded! A BMW driver gets stuck trying to drive through deep flood water as it rises in the village of Whiston near Sheffield as a red flood alert is put in place. Homes and businesses could be flooded as prolonged rain pummels areas around Hull, Middlesbrough, Lincoln and Scarborough

A man wades through a flooded street in Sheffield, carrying several shopping bags and what looks like a car jump lead 

A car drives through a flooded road near the village of Bubnell in Derbyshire this morning after days of heavy rain battered the region. Low pressure dominates across Northern areas of England causing wet and cloudy weather leading to a risk of flooding in Manchester

Residents try to get back to their severely flooded homes as raging flood water rises in the village of Whiston near Sheffield

Homes are severely flooded as raging flood water rises in the village of Whiston near Sheffield. Heavy rain is set to hit parts of Central and Northern England over Thursday causing wide spread flooding

Homes are severely flooded as raging flood water rises in the village of Whiston near Sheffield. More than three inches of rain is forecast to fall in a ‘few locations‘ over high ground, the Met Office said

In a later statement, Meadowhall said: ‘Whilst the road networks have been severely affected by the floods, our centre remains dry and secure.

‘The majority of customers left the building before the centre officially closed at 10pm but there are a small number of people who have chosen to stay with us for the time being.

‘We will continue to look after them until they can return home safely.‘ 

The Met Office has already issued a ‘danger to life‘ warning as heavy rainfall continues to sweep across the country.

The national weather service currently has two yellow warnings and a more severe amber warning in place which will last until early on Friday morning.

An amber warning currently affects Yorkshire and the Humber and surrounding areas, encompassing the cities of Sheffield and nearby areas, Huddersfield and parts of Manchester.

The Whiston Brook burst leaving parts of the surrounding village of Whiston up to three metres underwater following the mammoth downpour.

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Meadowhall Shopping Centre said it was going ahead with its Christmas Live event on Thursday evening despite rising levels on the adjacent River Don.

Thousands of people were expected at the event, which features artists including Jonas Blue and Ella Henderson. 

But it later cancelled the Christmas Live event. In a statement, the shopping centre said: ‘Due to the adverse weather and the subsequent impact on the public transport, it is with regret that the Christmas Live event has been cancelled.

‘If you were planning to attend we will be in touch with regards our ticket refund policy as soon as possible.‘   

The centre flooded in the 2007 when the Don burst its banks, inundating large parts of Sheffield.

Tram services in Rotherham were also badly affected this evening.  

Sheffield was one of the worst-hit places with a number of roads left impassable to traffic, cars stranded in floodwater and gridlock resulting on many routes.

Concerns have been raised about the levels of rivers running through the city, with the city council closing Millhouses Park, where a 14-year-old boy was swept to his death in the River Sheaf during the devastating floods in the city in 2007.

There were also reports of a number of people stranded at Parkgate Shopping Park in Rotherham. South Yorkshire Police said: ‘Work is underway to move them to a place of safety.‘ 

Homes are severely flooded as raging flood water rises in the village of Whiston near Sheffield. A red flood alert is put in place November 07 2019. Heavy rain is set to hit parts of Central and Northern England over Thursday causing wide spread flooding

The stone cottage in Whiston near Sheffield is flood as water leaks in through the window joints. A red flood alert is put in place. November 07 2019. Heavy rain is set to hit parts of Central and Northern England over Thursday causing wide spread flooding

Low pressure dominates across Northern areas of England causing wet and cloudy weather leading to a risk of flooding in Manchester. Homes and businesses could be flooded as prolonged rain pummels areas around Hull, Middlesbrough, Lincoln and Scarborough

This car made slow progress along a flooded road in Dore, Derbyshire after the area was hit by torrential rain 

This Mercedes V-class powered through a flood on the A621 near Baslow, Derbyshire earlier this afternoon 

This BMW saw water splash over its radiator grille as it wakes its way through a bow wave pushed up by the Land Rover in Whiston, Near Sheffield earlier today. A red weather warning had been covering the area at the time 

Moments after the Land Rover passed, the BMW stalled in the water, forcing the driver to try and push his car to safety 

Stagecoach Supertram said its services would be terminating at Meadowhall South and Tinsley due to ‘heavy rain putting the Tinsley tram bridge at risk‘.

The firm said it trams will not service Meadowhall Interchange, Rotherham Central or Parkgate. 

South Yorkshire Police advised people in the Meadowhall shopping centre not to leave after the flooding left the area gridlocked.

The force‘s operational support unit said on ‘All roads around Meadowhall are currently gridlocked.

‘There is heavy flooding due to adverse weather conditions and closures are in place. Please avoid the area. Events at Meadowhall are CANCELLED. We advise only essential travel.‘

The unit then added: ‘If you are in #Meadowhall, do not leave the shopping centre – await further updates.

‘If you are travelling to collect people, do not attempt your journey. Await updates as we work to ensure safety of people in the immediate vicinity.‘

The force said it had closed the nearby junction 34 of the M1 in both directions to ‘alleviate pressure‘.

In a later statement, Meadowhall said: ‘The weather is ever-changing but the latest advice is to leave the centre as the traffic has eased but drivers may still encounter severe delays.‘

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It said: ‘For anyone who prefers to stay with us in the centre they are very welcome to do so.

‘We encourage everyone to stay safe in these extreme weather conditions.‘

South Yorkshire Police said: ‘People are now being supported to leave Meadowhall as traffic – whilst extremely busy – has eased.

‘Those affected are being directed along Meadowhall Way, Vulcan Way and Sheffield Road towards Tinsley.‘ 

Many vehicles attempted to pass through the flooded section of road near the village of Whiston, near Sheffield 

Water was approaching the bottom sill of this car on a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, earlier today 

This Volkswagen risked getting stuck as it made its way along the flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffied

This man tried to clear leaves from a blocked drain in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain

Residents try to save their homes with sand bags. Homes are severely flooded as raging flood water rises in the village of Whiston near Sheffield. A red flood alert is put in place. November 07 2019. Heavy rain is set to hit parts of Central and Northern England over Thursday causing wide spread flooding

The Met Office has issued an amber ‘danger to life‘ flood alert, warning that up to 100mm of rain may fall in eight hours. The mammoth downpour means certain parts of north and north-west England could see nearly a month‘s worth of rain today

Homes are severely flooded as raging flood water rises in the village of Whiston near Sheffield. A red flood alert is put in place November 07 2019. Heavy rain is set to hit parts of Central and Northern England over Thursday causing wide spread flooding

Across the UK the Met Office said the temperature will range from seven to 10 degrees on Thursday and Friday. The rain will eventually ease overnight into Friday, with a much drier and brighter day to follow for much of the UK

A car drives through a flooded road near the village of Bubnell in Derbyshire this morning after days of heavy rain battered the region. The Met Office has issued a further warning that the heavy rain may bring disruption from flooding

The force also said: ‘There are significant issues in Doncaster. The worst affected areas are Bentley, Toll Bar and Scawthorpe. The local authority are asking that people do not drive or leave their properties unless necessary.‘ 

Rotherham Council added: ‘Due to the serious ongoing flooding issues please stay at home and do not leave unless you are asked to do so by emergency services. Please do not travel unless absolutely essential.‘ 

Elsewhere Residents were let cut off after Whiston Brook, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire bursts its banks and quickly deluged nearby roads and homes. 

And in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire Police said officers were called to Bank End Close alongside the fire service just before 5pm on Thursday following concerns for the safety of people living in the houses.

By teatime on Thursday, the Environment Agency has issued 61 flood warnings, mainly in the Yorkshire region, and 103 flood alerts.

Further north, concerns were growing in the Calder valley as river levels began to rise on Thursday. Precautionary flood barriers were put in place in Mytholmroyd, which was badly hit in the 2015 Boxing Day floods.

Chris Wilding, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: ‘Heavy rain could lead to surface water and river flooding across parts of northern England today and into tomorrow, particularly in parts of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

‘Persistent showers may also bring localised river and surface water flooding to parts of southern England today and tomorrow.

‘Our incident rooms are open and we are working closely with local authorities and partners to reduce the risk of flooding.

‘Our field teams are ready to deploy temporary flood barriers to help protect people and property if needed.

‘We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.‘  

PhD student Liz Churton, 58, has lost sentimental paintings, art equipment, books and furniture after her basement studio flooded in the space of an hour this morning from 9am.

Her property in the village of Whiston now looks like a ‘floating boathouse‘ after water came rushing through the doors of her basement.

A man with car in a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area. Sheffield was one of the worst-hit places with a number of roads left impassable to traffic, cars stranded in floodwater and gridlock resulting on many routes

A man cycles through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area. By teatime on Thursday, the Environment Agency has issued 61 flood warnings, mainly in the Yorkshire region, and 103 flood alerts

A person wades through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area. Concerns have been raised about the levels of rivers running through the Sheffield, with the city council closing Millhouses Park, where a 14-year-old boy was swept to his death in the River Sheaf during the devastating floods in the city in 2007

A delivery lorry stuck in flood water at Coston Ford, Leicestershire, after torrential rain in the area

Liz, who has lived in the house for around 15 years, said: ‘I was in the house making a cup of tea and got a phone call from the Environment Agency saying there is a flood alert.

‘I had an hour to move as much as I possibly could upstairs. I thought I would have more time but by 10am I was wading through and it was up to my knees.

‘The water came rushing through the basement doors which lead up to the garden. The flood boards kept it at bay for a time but gave in.

‘The whole of my basement is flooded and I have a studio down there. It‘s a couple of metres deep and the house looks like a boathouse.

‘I‘m currently looking out of my window at a very wide river moving very fast, it treacherous out there.

‘The garden is one big lake at the moment. I‘m not sure what has happened in the rest of the village because it‘s cut off.

‘I do feel very shocked and frightened. You do your best to save the things you don‘t want to lose like paperwork, art equipment, my Apple laptop and iPad.

‘It gets to a point where you just need to let go of your belongings no matter the sentimental value and look after yourself.‘ 

Liz had put up flood boards to protect her property as a precaution following the flash floods locally in 2007.

‘It‘s not been as bad as this since 2007 – that was when the Uley Reservoir was about to burst its banks,‘ she added.

‘Since then, the brook has been reclassified as a river.‘

Key speeches from John McDonnell and Sajid Javid took place in Liverpool and Manchester, dodging the epicentre of the relentless downpours on the other side of the Pennines.

But a number of MPs took to social media to log their sodden campaigning efforts, remembering the election itself will take place in dark and wet December for the first time in almost a century.

Labour‘s Andrew Gwynne said on ‘Why does it always rain on me? The weather is against us in Audenshaw this morning, but the response is (thankfully) not!‘

Another Labour candidate, Lilian Greenwood in Nottingham South, posted a picture of an ark with the comment: ‘Looks like we might be needing one of these for today‘s campaigning! #Rain.‘ 

A motorbike drives through a flooded road near the village of Bubnell in Derbyshire this morning after days of heavy rain battered the region. A yellow weather warning is in place for the East Midlands, North East England, parts of North West England and Yorkshire between 6am on Thursday and 6am on Friday

A yellow weather warning is in place for the East Midlands, North East England, parts of North West England and Yorkshire between 6am on Thursday and 6am on Friday. The wet weather will be accompanied by ‘strengthening‘ north-easterly winds, with many areas within the yellow zone seeing between up to 1.5 inches of rain, the Met Office said

Certain parts of north and north-west England could see nearly a month‘s worth of rain today and tomorrow.

An amber warning started 7am today, saying heavy rain and flooding was expected in an area stretching from Sheffield up to Bradford and as far west as parts of Manchester.

Two yellow weather warnings for rain are also in place covering most of the north-west and a part of north Wales.

Authorities in parts of northern Scotland had to bring out the snowploughs after they were hit by a sizeable snowfall.

Further south, homes and businesses could be flooded as prolonged rain pummelled areas around Hull, Middlesbrough, Lincoln and Scarborough.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: ‘This diving jet stream over western Europe means this low pressure arrives on Wednesday night.

‘Effectively this band of rain moves into north Wales, northern England, north Midlands and becomes slow-moving.

‘(The rain) will be heavy in places, particularly over the higher ground.

‘We are talking about the north Moors, the Penines, the Peak District, Snowdonia, significant spells of rains here.

‘Large accumulations building up over the course of Thursday and Thursday night.‘

RAC spokesperson Simon Williams said: ‘Drivers in the worst affected areas will need to exercise caution as visibility will be severely reduced while stopping distances are likely to be greatly increased.

‘The best advice is to slow down and leave more space behind the car in front to give more time to react to anything that might happen.

‘If you encounter any floods be very conscious of not driving through water that is too deep as this could very easily lead to catastrophic damage.

‘Try to assess the depth by looking at the kerb or road signs and, if you decide it‘s safe to go through, drive at a steady speed so as not to create a bow wave, and try to use the highest part of the road.

‘If there is any doubt, then it‘s probably best to turn around and take another route.‘

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