Residents told to leave homes as northern England floods

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2019

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.

Operations are underway to evacuate residents in the affected areas, as more rain is expected over the weekend.

In Yorkshire, Doncaster Council told people in parts of Kirk Sandall to "evacuate immediately" at around 7am after the River Don breached its banks.

Dozens of people were forced to spend Thursday night at Meadowhall shopping centre near Sheffield, after roads flooded and water from River Don poured over the top of defences completed a year ago at a cost of more than £20 million.

People living in Rotherham were told not to leave their home unless "absolutely necessary" and firefighters had to rescue people by boat who were stranded in the Parkgate shopping centre.

"None of us had slept for over 24 hours. We'll continue to look after them until they can return home safely".

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

She said: "We anticipate that almost 80,000 people visited Meadowhall yesterday and less than 30 customers remained in our building throughout the night".

This video shows the flooding along a road in Sheffield.

Rail operator Northern issued "do not travel" advice for passengers using five lines on its network hit by the deluge.

There's major disruption to train services with no services between Sheffield, Doncaster and Leeds.

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