The Environmental Agency has issued 72 flood warnings and 107 flood alerts across England as the Met Office issues one amber and two yellow weather warnings for rain. Shoppers at Meadowhall shopping centre have been told not to leave as the roads surrounding the centre are posing a threat to life. Residents have been forced from their homes following in a mudslipe as torrential downpours across northern England have brought about significant disruption on the roads and train lines. But which areas are worst hit by the flooding?
The Met Office has warned of “prolonged and occasionally heavy” rainfall throughout Thursday and Friday, with up to three inches falling in some areas.
The Amber warning covers Sheffield, Huddersfield and Doncaster.
The area is causing flooding and disruption with damage to some building possible.
The Met Office warning reads: “Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life.
“Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely.
“Spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.
“A good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads.
“Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely.”
The warning is in effect from 7am on Thursday to 6am on Friday.
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UK flooding live updates: Flooding map for Sheffield
The yellow warnings are in effect across northern England including Lincoln, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Scarborough, Middlesbrough and parts of Manchester.
This warning is in effect from 6am on Thursday through to Friday at 6am.
The second yellow warning covers a portion of North Wales including St Asaph, Wrexham and parts of Chester.
This warning is in effect from 9am to 11.59pm on Thursday.
04:35am update: Met Office says rainfall will make way for icy conditions
Met Office meterologist Alex Deakin eased worries with his Friday morning forecast.
He said that rainfall will gradually ease throughout the day in the midlands and north of England.
Though, colder weather may well bring icy conditions following the floods.
03:45am update: People warned to stay clear of rievrs
The Environment Agency is warning people to stay away from swollen rivers as torrential downpours continue to flood parts of northern England.
Residents in affected areas have been told that homes and businesses could flood, fast-flowing water could endanger lives, and some communities could be cut off.
The agency added that immediate action needs to be taken in order to prevent further damage and threat
02:40am update: Public transport services still disrupted
No update has been given on whether public trasnport services will be fine to use later on.
Rail commuters across Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, South and West Yorkshire faced issues yesterday evening.
The flooding closed lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln and Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria.
Rotterdam Central and Kiveton Park railway station are also closed due to flooding, with all lines between Todmorden and Rochdale have also been blocked.
Residents had to be evacuated after a mud slide occurred
01:45am update: Flood warnings and alerts soar
Up to 99 flood warnings and 117 flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency.
Amber and yellow warnings are in place across the country.
The floods have resulted in travel chaos, with many commuters getting caught up and stranded in the mayhem.
00:45 update: Police warn travellers to adjust their driving
South Yorkshire Police have issued a warning to drivers to adjust their travels for the next 24hrs ahead of more rain and standing water on roads.
Authorities in the north of England have warned people to adjust their driving according to the severe weather.
In a string of alerts, South Yorkshire Police warned over the dire conditions that have seen half of November’s rainfall pour onto the area in a day.
The alert from the police force read: “Please adjust your driving to suit the extreme conditions during the next 24 hours.
“We have more rain forecast and many roads have standing water which varies in depth, so please drive with caution and reduce speed to allow time to react.”
11:50pm update: People told they can leave Meadowhall
Shoppers have been told they can leave Meadowhall shopping centre after initially being told to stay put due to the extreme weather outside.
Late on Thursday night, officials at 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.”
They continued: “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.”
The centre said the majority of shoppers had left by 10pm, but there were a small group of people who chose to stay.
It said: “We will continue to look after them until they can return home safely.”
Additional reporting by Kaisha Langton
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UK flooding live updates: Severe flooding in Sheffield
10.32pm update: Widespread chaos leads to people calling floods “biblical”
Darren Butt, of contractors Streets Ahead, told the BBC: “The situation is not far from biblical, it is very frustrating for the traveller but we are dealing with a big volume of water, it is very slow and frustrating.”
9.51pm update: Raw sewage is flooding the streets of Sheffield
Reports that raw sewage has flooded the streets of Sheffield have emerged.
Social media reports suggest that some sewage has mixed in with the flood water.
9.32pm update: Footage of stranded motorist escaping emerges
Footage of a driver escaping rising water levels has emerged.
It happened in South Yorkshire and was a result of localised flooding.
9.14pm update: Train services are still impacted
Rail services across the north of England continue to be impacted by the flooding.
The Northern trainline has closed lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffiled and Lincoln and Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria.
The CrossCountry trainline said the lines between Sheffield and Wakefield Westgate and Sheffield and Doncaster are currently blocked.
8.58pm update: Flooding has “left devastation” across Sheffield
A Sheffield woman has shared a video showing that her entire street has been slammed with heavy rain.
The video shows her road is completely flooded, damaging her cellar.
8.47pm update: Traffic easing
Police have said the traffic issues are easing around Meadowhall shopping centre.
Hundreds of people were left stranded but the situation may be improving.
8.25pm update: Sheffield Town Hall
The Sheffield Town Hall will be open all night for anyone who has been stranded as a reuslt of the floods.
Council staff will be at the hall helping those who have been stranded, offering warm drinks and shelter from the cold.
8.04pm update: 35 homes evacuated due to mudslide
Mansfield Police have reported that 35 homes in Mansfield have been evacuated due to a mudslide.
7.30pm update: Shoppers told they should not leave the centre
A Christmas event at Meadowhall Shopping Centre, near Sheffield, has in fact been cancelled due to the scale of flooding.
Police are now telling people in Meadowhall not to leave the shopping centre and await further updates.
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UK flooding live updates: Flooding has been reported across parts of northern England
The intense rainfall has so far caused intense disruption to roads across northern England, particularly Sheffield.
A councillor has said Sheffield is facing a “full-blown flood incident”.
So far, the M1 junctions at Meadowhall are closed due to gridlock.
Heavy rainfall has closed several roads in Leicestershire while homes at Whiston near Rotherham have also been flooded.
The A1 northbound is closed between B6325 Great North Road (North Muskham) and A6075 Ashvale Road (Tuxford Junction, Tuxford) in Lincolnshire.
One lane of the M1 southbound has been closed between junction 40 near Ossett and 39 at Denby Dale.
Do not travel warnings have been issued to rail passengers on flood-hit routes.
Rail commuters across Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, South and West Yorkshire are facing issues.
The flooding has closed lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln and Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria.
Rotterdam Central and Kiveton Park railway station are also closed due to flooding.
All lines between Todmorden and Rochdale have also been blocked.
Trains are also not stopping at Hadfield in Derbyshire due to the adverse weather.
Rail travel disruption is also in effect between Chester and Crew due to flooding on the tracks.
However, some services are running through those stations which have been cancelled.