Torrential rain in England kills one, floods streets

Ben Bason

Ben Bason

The greatest concern was for homes in five areas around the River Don near the town of Doncaster where the authorities said persistent rain had caused severe flooding as water levels reached record highs and posed a danger to life.

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.

People are being told to leave their homes in the villages of Old Kirk Sandall, Barnby Dun and Sandal Grove near Doncaster after the River Don burst its banks.

Some 30 people sought refuge in the Meadowhall shopping center in Sheffield overnight after weather conditions stranded shoppers who turned up to see Christmas lights switched on.

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

"We had to basically camp out in the food area until they finally got a taxi to us at 7am". You can tell us about weather-related travel problems, localised flooding or issues with schools or workplaces, or anything else that you think will help us build a picture of how people and communities are being affected. "We'll continue to look after them until they can return home safely".

A spokeswoman confirmed that the shopping centre would open as normal at 10am on Friday.

The mall was offering shelter for people who were not able to get home. Rail operator Northern said on Twitter that flooding had shuttered train lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln, and Sheffield and Manchester.

South Yorkshire Police have warned there are "significant issues" in Doncaster, with Bentley, Toll Bar and Scawthorpe the worst affected areas.

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