Sunday, 17 November, 2019

Torrential rain in England kills one, floods streets

FLOODING No train services through Rotherham and M1 affected UK flooding as parts of England suffer a month's worth of rain in 24 hours - live updates
Patty Aguilar | 08 November, 2019, 21:56

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

"Land, roads and some properties could flood and there could be travel disruption".

Train services on England's Northern Rail Network were disrupted across the region, the BBC reported, and according to the Manchester Evening News, an amber weather alert was put in place for Manchester and Sheffield until 6 pm on November 8.

Kathleen Overton from Toll Bar near Doncaster, another badly affected area, said the rain had been "almost biblical".

Thirty-five homes were evacuated as a precaution in Mansfield after a mudslide in the area while hundreds of people were kept inside Meadowhall Shopping centre near Sheffield due to gridlocked traffic outside.

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Dozens were trapped in a shopping centre in the city of Sheffield overnight after becoming stranded and about 100 others were rescued from another mall nearby by firefighters in inflatable dinghies.

"People are having to buy their own pyjamas and quilts because of how cold and wet they are from the rain". "We'll continue to look after them until they can return home safely". "We advise people to seek shelter with family and friends".

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

Elsewhere, Saturday's horse-racing meeting at Doncaster has been cancelled due to a waterlogged track.

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