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UK News ‘Almost biblical’ flooding ravages communities across northern England

14:40  08 november  2019
14:40  08 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Derbyshire flooding: woman found dead in River Derwent after being swept away by floods

  Derbyshire flooding: woman found dead in River Derwent after being swept away by floods The unnamed woman was found at around 10.40am on Friday, Derbyshire Police said , and was reported to have been swept away by floodwater in Rowsley in the early hours, as much of the country was hit by torrential downpours. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd The death came as the Environment Agency repeated warnings for people to stay away from swollen rivers, with residents describing the deluge as "almost biblical".

Flooding has brought road and rail disruption across northern England after hours of heavy rainfall. Rail commuters on the Northern network faced A yellow weather warning is in place for the East Midlands, North East England , parts of North West England and Yorkshire between 06:00 on

Raging floods swamp northern England ’s picturesque Lake District following the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Britain. The floods killed a police officer and trapped dozens in their homes. Rescue workers rest after torrential rain of " biblical proportions".

a group of people on a boat in the water: People being taken to safety in boats on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster (PA) © Danny Lawson People being taken to safety in boats on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster (PA)

Residents have been forced from their homes, shoppers sought sanctuary in a shopping centre overnight and travel routes remain majorly disrupted across the north of England as a month’s worth of rain fell in just 24 hours.

Yorkshire and the Midlands were the worst affected areas, with six severe “danger to life” warnings in place following Thursday’s torrential downpour.

Fire crews were called in to help guide people to safety, while rail and road users were warned against travelling on certain routes.

Residents on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster were having to be rescued from their homes by boats on Friday as waist-high water filled the street.

UK floods: More rain on the way as Met Office issues more severe warnings

  UK floods: More rain on the way as Met Office issues more severe warnings The warnings come as communities are still recovering from last week's floodsForecasters have issued new yellow warnings of rain for Yorkshire and the Humber, and the East Midlands, as the regions are still recovering from the “biblical” downpours that caused widespread floods late last week.

Across England there are 116 flood warnings in place, with northern England bearing the brunt of the misery. Rail operator Northern issued "do not A Northern spokesman said: "We are still advising customers on several routes not to travel as flooding is making rail and road travel extremely difficult.

Across England there are 116 flood warnings in place, with northern England bearing the brunt of the misery. Rail operator Northern issued "do not travel" advice for passengers This morning, Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: "Awful to see the terrible flooding across the North of England .

Police cars surrounded the area as rescue teams put down sandbags in an attempt to calm the situation.

One woman, who has lived in her home on the street for more than 20 years, said the downstairs of her property had filled with water at around 7am on Friday.

“I’ve never known it to be this bad,” she told the PA news agency.

a man in a red boat on the water: People being carried to safety through floodwater on a rescue boat on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster (Danny Lawson/PA) © Provided by The Press Association People being carried to safety through floodwater on a rescue boat on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster (Danny Lawson/PA)

Residents in Toll Bar, near Doncaster, described how the downpour was “almost biblical”, while others made comparisons with deluges which devastated communities in the summer of 2007.

The Environment Agency (EA) reduced its number of flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected – to below the 100 mark by 11am on Friday, with forecasters predicting the worst of the rain had been and gone.

Northern Ireland weather warning issued for heavy rain and flooding

  Northern Ireland weather warning issued for heavy rain and flooding The yellow weather warning is in place for most of SaturdayThe rain has been on and off over the past few days, but from 5am on Saturday morning, the Met Office has a yellow warning in place for heavy showers.

People have been forced to leave their homes as 140 flood warnings and alerts issued across northern regions.

Rain fell at record levels across northern England throughout December; Scotland and Northern Ireland also were affected. A 78-year-old Catholic priest trapped in his home was among those rescued as floods ravaged the north of England .

a person and a dog sitting in the water: A dog is carried to safety on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours (Danny Lawson/PA) © Provided by The Press Association A dog is carried to safety on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours (Danny Lawson/PA)

But parts of South Yorkshire remain most at-risk, with six severe warnings around the River Don predicting properties and roads face further flooding.

Toll Bar Post Office worker Kathleen Overton, 61, told the PA news agency: “It was almost biblical, I would say. You were just looking out of your window in disbelief at how much of it was coming down.

“People’s cars were getting submerged in the water, gardens were ruined, you couldn’t drive anywhere. It was carnage.”

a car driving on a bridge: A lorry drives through floodwater near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield where around 30 people were forced to spend the night (Danny Lawson/PA) © Provided by The Press Association A lorry drives through floodwater near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield where around 30 people were forced to spend the night (Danny Lawson/PA)

Another resident, Roy Kerr, 71, said that without the help of young volunteers who put down sandbags and pumped out water, the situation could have been even worse.

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  Flood-battered regions due ‘respite’ from rain, but cold weather is on the way The Met Office described ‘quite a messy picture’ ahead.Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates described it as “quite a messy weather picture” with a mix of low temperatures, frost, rain and even the potential of snow in some places.

Raging floods engulfed northern England 's picturesque Lake District on Friday after the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Britain, killing a police officer and trapping dozens in their swamped homes.

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“At times like this you get to see the strength of the community, and I have to praise the boys who were coming outside houses, and pumping the water away into rubbish bins,” he said.

“It wasn’t as bad as it was in 2007, but it easily could have been if it wasn’t for those lads.”

a man riding a skateboard up the side of a road: Navigation water levels taking place in Kirk Sandall near Doncaster, Yorkshire, where the Environment Agency issued severe flood warnings (Danny Lawson/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Navigation water levels taking place in Kirk Sandall near Doncaster, Yorkshire, where the Environment Agency issued severe flood warnings (Danny Lawson/PA)

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said they rescued more than 100 stranded people on Thursday night, with around 500 calls to its control room between 10pm and 4am.

Elsewhere, around 30 people sought refuge in the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield due to gridlocked traffic outside, as the extreme weather conditions meant those turning up for the Christmas lights switch-on were left stranded.

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.

She said: “We were provided with free refreshments throughout the night and morning but it was certainly not enough.

‘Unsettled’ week ahead with more rain forecast

  ‘Unsettled’ week ahead with more rain forecast Sunday is expected to be dry and sunny across the UK but rain is expected overnight.Met Office meteorologist Sophie Yeomans said while Sunday is forecast to be dry and sunny across the UK, more rain is expected to hit the country overnight.

The flood risk is receding across northern England , but the Environment Agency is asking people to remain alert to the risk of flooding as river levels remain high and further rain is Environment Agency teams are working 24/7 with local partners to support recovery efforts in flood hit communities .

Hundreds more people are evacuated as flooding continues to affect areas across the north of England . Residents in West and North Yorkshire and Lancashire were rescued from their homes on Saturday and thousands were left without power.

a person sitting on a boat with a dog: A dog is carried to safety on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster, as residents flee their homes (Danny Lawson/PA) © Provided by The Press Association A dog is carried to safety on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster, as residents flee their homes (Danny Lawson/PA)

“At the start we thought it would be fun, a nice sleepover, something to certainly remember, but after 14 hours of being stranded in Meadowhall we just couldn’t wait to get home, get into our own beds, feel safe again, and catch up on sleep.”

Swineshaw in the Peak District saw 112mm of rainfall during Thursday – the highest total of anywhere across England – while flood-hit parts of Sheffield experienced 85mm during the same period, the Met Office said.

The average monthly rainfall total for Yorkshire for November is 89mm.

Sheffield was particularly badly hit during flooding in summer 2007, which saw millions of pounds spent on prevention schemes.

a brick building: A general view of the mudslide which has forced the evacuation of residents along Bank End Close, Mansfield (Simon Cooper/PA) © Provided by The Press Association A general view of the mudslide which has forced the evacuation of residents along Bank End Close, Mansfield (Simon Cooper/PA)

Yet it again saw dramatic scenes on Thursday, with a number of roads left impassable to traffic, cars stranded in floodwater and gridlock resulting on many routes.

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

Woman’s body recovered from floodwater as month’s rain falls in 24 hours

  Woman’s body recovered from floodwater as month’s rain falls in 24 hours Derbyshire Police said the woman was reported as having been swept away in Rowsley.The body of the woman, who has not been identified, was recovered in Darley Dale, near Matlock, at around 10.40am on Friday, Derbyshire Police said.

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Northern England is bracing itself for the impact of Storm Frank as torrential rain and gale force winds threaten further misery for the flood - ravaged area. North -west England , Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland were all issued with amber warnings by the Met Office overnight, while in Northern

An additional 35 homes in Mansfield were evacuated as a precaution after a mudslide in the area, while residents in around 25 homes in Worksop were also ordered to flee due to the risk of flooding.

And in Lincolnshire, the River Witham had risen so much residents said they were able to see swans swimming up to the edge of their properties.

animal on the water: Swans on an overflowing River Witham in Lincoln (@chelss_forsterr/Twitter/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Swans on an overflowing River Witham in Lincoln (@chelss_forsterr/Twitter/PA)

Chelsea Foster, 23, told PA: “I didn’t realise how high the water actually was until I went out and there was a group of them (swans) right next to my wall – they were that close I could touch them.”

Rail operator Northern issued “do not travel” advice passengers, with between Hull, Leeds, Lincoln and Manchester affected.

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.

“The rain is easing and moving south but obviously the impact of that will continue to be felt.”

'Danger to life': Seven severe flood warnings remain after deluge .
There remains a "danger to life" in parts of South Yorkshire after some areas had a month's rainfall in 24 hours.Seven severe flood warnings are in place - all of them on the River Don, in and around Doncaster.

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