UK News Torrential rain in England kills 1; floods streets
Heavy rain brings travel misery to northern England
Hours of torrential rain in Sheffield and other parts of South and West Yorkshire have left streets like rivers and some routes impassable. Train services have been affected by flooding across the Pennines and South Yorkshire and tram-train services between Rotherham and Sheffield have also been hit by the weather.The Met Office has issued an amber warning for heavy rain until 6am on Friday for an area between Sheffield, Manchester and Bradford.It has also issued yellow warnings for surrounding regions as it said 40mm of rain had fallen in the Sheffield area between midnight and noon on Thursday.
LONDON (AP) — A woman died after being swept away by surging waters as torrential rain drenched parts of north and central England, swelling rivers, forcing evacuations and disrupting travel for a second day Friday.
City of Sheffield residents urged to 'stay inside' ahead of horrendous downpours across north of England
Residents in Sheffieldhave been warned to stay inside as a huge deluge of rain and flooding swept across northern England - with more torrential downpours expected top hit the city overnight. The city bore the brunt of the wet weather,with motorists abandoning their cars and people evacuating homes and businesses due to dangerous flooding, with the Met Office releasing amber weather warnings, which are in place until Friday. Rain in SheffieldThe city bore the brunt of the wet weather,with motorists abandoning their cars and people evacuating homes and businesses due to dangerous flooding, with the Met Office releasing amber weather warnings, which are in place until Friday.
In the city of Sheffield, 140 miles (228 kms) north of London, the River Don overflowed after 3.4 inches (85 mm) of rain fell on Thursday. About 30 people sought refuge in the Meadowhall shopping center after floodwaters stranded shoppers who had turned up to see Christmas lights switched on.
"Some places have seen a month's worth of rain in one day," said meteorologist Alex Burkill of the Met Office weather service.
Floods become UK election issue as parties spar over funding
LONDON (AP) — British political leaders swapped blame Saturday over floods that have drenched parts of England as the deluge became an issue in the campaign for the Dec. 12 election. Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was visiting parts of northern England that were soaked by overflowing rivers after as much as 4.4 inches (112 mm) of rain — more than a month's worth — fell in one day. One woman died when she was swept away by floodwaters. © Provided by The Associated Press Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the Library Theatre in Darwen, north west England, Thursday Nov. 7, 2019, while on the general election campaign trail.
Kathleen Overton from Toll Bar near Doncaster, another badly affected area, said the rain had been "almost biblical."
"You were just looking out of your window in disbelief at how much of it was coming down," she said. "People's cars were getting submerged in the water, gardens were ruined, you couldn't drive anywhere. It was carnage."
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. About 60 warnings were in place late Friday afternoon, as well as six severe "danger to life" warnings near the Don.
Dozens forced to sleep in Sheffield shopping centre as torrential rain causes major flooding
More than 50 people have been forced to spend the night in Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre after torrential rain caused major flooding throughout the city. People were trapped at the centre after heavy rain battered large parts of northern England causing chaos on Thursday as roads became impassable after the River Don, which runs right next to the centre, burst its banks. A major incident was declared in Sheffield as rain continued overnight forcing people - who had been attending an annual Christmas Live event - to sleep on benches and seats in the centre while others tried to get home in taxis or cars.
Emergency service workers in Derbyshire county, south of Sheffield, recovered a body near the River Derwent after reports of a woman being swept away by floodwater.
The Environment Agency said the highest rainfall on Thursday, 4.4 inches (112 mm), was registered in Swineshaw, in Derbyshire's Peak District.
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".
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