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Here’s some pictures of the trail of devastation left behind by rainfall last night.

In Rotherham, abandoned vehicles sit submerged in water in a car park.


Abandoned cars are pictured in a flooded car park in Rotherham. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

A member of the Fire and rescue service wades through flood water as he escorts a JCB towing an truck along a flooded road in the town.


A member of the Fire and rescue service wades through flood water as he escorts a JCB towing an truck along a flooded road Rotherham. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

Meanwhile, a smart car appears not to have made it to the gates of a warehouse because of rising waters.


An abandoned car is pictured in flood water surrounding buildings in Rotherham.

Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

In Sheffield, a lorry struggles to drive through floodwater near Meadowhall shopping centre, where people were trapped overnight because of the weather.


A lorry drives through floodwater near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield where some people were forced to stay overnight after heavy rain and flooding caused local roads to become gridlocked. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Derbyshire was hit with more rainfall in 24 hours than it normally receives in a single month, the Guardian has confirmed.

The Environment Agency’s gauge in Glossop, a market town on the edge of the Peak District, recorded 114mm of rain in the 24 hours up to 4am. Derbyshire receives an average of 90.7mm of rain for the month of November. At local business Glossop Caravans, staff were forced to move dozens of vehicles to stop them being submerged in flood water.

Receptionist Kirstie Booth told the Guardian: “The motorhomes were all moved on the main site. They had to be put on the top car park. The water was really deep.

It’s cleared up a lot now, we’re still clearing up all the mud and leaves that it’s left behind. “There’s still a bit of a stream coming down off the top fields but it’s not as bad as it was yesterday. I know someone came in and said it was nearly up to their knees at one point on the main road.”

Updatedat 11.35am GMT

Good news for those affected by the flooding as the Met Office says rainfall is due to ease off today with little or none across the Midlands and north, bar the odd isolated shower. Tomorrow a weather front will move from Wales towards the east of England but it will fizzle out by the evening. The Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge told the Guardian: “It may linger a little bit over the Midlands, I would be looking at Oxfordshire, Warwickshire.

But we’re not expecting significant rainfall. As of the moment, there’s no plans to issue any warnings for that.”

Updatedat 11.18am GMT

Schoolchildren were forced to wade through freezing knee-high floodwater to get home yesterday in Sheffield after their bus was forced to stop because of the weather.

Daniel Harrison, 12, was among children told to leave school early at 2pm on Thursday because of the flooding but says he and classmates had to walk because their bus could go no further. “The water was up to my knees,” Daniel recalled, as he waited to catch a different bus this morning to get to school. Speaking to PA Media, he added: “I had to get home straight away because the water was absolutely freezing.

The river had completely opened and all the water had flooded on to the road, it was terrible. “You don’t want to be in that water but there was no choice – you had to go through it to get home.”

Updatedat 10.52am GMT

Villagers in South Yorkshire have described how they suffered “almost biblical” amounts of rainfall overnight.

Kathleen Overton, a Post Office worker in Toll Bar, a village near Doncaster, told PA Media: “It must have started at around 9am yesterday when I was taking my grandson to school, and then it just didn’t stop. At one point the water was coming right over my doorstep, and my daughters and I were worrying that it was going to come into the house.” The village was also hit by severe flooding in June 2007.

Overton, 61, added: “People’s cars were getting submerged in the water, gardens were ruined, you couldn’t drive anywhere. It was carnage.” Roy Kerr, 71, said the situation could have been far worse were it not for the help of young volunteers who put down sandbags and pumped out water.

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.”

Updatedat 10.53am GMT

In Derbyshire, locals are bucketing water out of their cars this morning. The BBC’s Heidi Booth reports from Darley Dale:

Heidi Booth (@HeidiBooth90)

Residents are bucketing water out of their cars in Daley Dale this morning.

Properties and businesses are also affected. More on @BBCDerby throughout the morning. #flooding #Derbyshire pic.twitter.com/KslJiZFtyt

November 8, 2019

Footage shows cars submerged and a Premier Inn sign peeking out from the waters:

Heidi Booth (@HeidiBooth90)

Live in Darley Dale this morning, the A6 here is inpassable and it seems like the water is rising. #floods #Derbyshire @BBCDerby pic.twitter.com/AKz3XGNETA

November 8, 2019

UK flooding: people stranded overnight in Sheffield shopping centre after heavy rain hits Yorkshire and Midlands – live newsHeidi Booth (@HeidiBooth90)

The carpark at @premierinn in Darley Dale is completely submerged as well. @BBCDerby pic.twitter.com/iMbrdUVVeE

November 8, 2019

Updatedat 10.53am GMT

The flooding has also devastated farmers’ livelihoods as they wake up to find their fields submerged in water.

Andrew Ward, a farmer in Lincolnshire, which has also been hit by heavy rainfall, tweeted footage of rain covered fields this morning. He wrote: “We’ve had wet periods but never as much as this and at this time of year. Situation is dire.

The river is to the top, dykes can’t empty so field drains not working. A lot of worried farmers in this area.”

Andrew Ward ??? ?? (@wheat_daddy)

Another 30mm yesterday and this is the result. In the last 6 weeks we’ve had the amount of rain we usually get in 6 months.

Not 1 acre planted and not looking too hopeful apart from on the Heath eventually. pic.twitter.com/PIrkRMvjrj

November 8, 2019

He added: “Another 30mm yesterday and this is the result. In the last six weeks we’ve had the amount of rain we usually get in six months. Not one acre planted and not looking too hopeful.”

Andrew Ward ??? ?? (@wheat_daddy)

Another 30mm yesterday and this is the result.

In the last 6 weeks we’ve had the amount of rain we usually get in 6 months. Not 1 acre planted and not looking too hopeful apart from on the Heath eventually. pic.twitter.com/PIrkRMvjrj

November 8, 2019

Another farmer, Jono Dixon, in east Yorkshire, said his land had received 44mm of rainfall in 24 hours. He wrote: “After the gloom of yesterday, wake-up sun is shining.

However, not for long as the gloomy clouds are gathering again.”

Jono Dixon (JD)???????? (@sunkfarmer)

20:30 last night to 08:30 this morning 16mm total in 24hrs 44mm. After the gloom of yesterday, wake up sun is shining however not for long as the gloomy clouds are gathering again..Your video is shocking Wardy, thats going to take weeks to recede and months to get it drilled. pic.twitter.com/Vp3JWJwD4J

November 8, 2019

Updatedat 10.55am GMT

Stranded shoppers who were forced to camp out for the night had to buy spare clothes from Primark as they sheltered from the floods.

Saskia Hazelwood, 17, a student from Doncaster, who was among those trapped in Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre until 7am, told how she took refuge on sofas in M&S. Her father tried to reach the shopping centre by car to rescue her but had to turn back because of the flood water. Hazelwood says shoppers were provided with free refreshments throughout the night but complained it was “not enough”.

She told PA news agency: “When we got to Meadowhall it was very hectic and we heard about the flooding and saw the river about to burst. Our trains were then cancelled so we went to get food, then spoke to the police and security and they told us it was unsafe to leave and there was no way of getting in or out. “So we instantly started panicking and, when we found out there was no way of getting home, we went into Primark and all bought spare clothes and we bought food and drinks to keep us going throughout the night.

“We were in M&S for a while on the sofas until they closed the store, and we were then moved to the Oasis food quarter. We were there until 7am.” Meanwhile, a photojournalist tweeted footage of river flood defences being breached near Meadowhall last night:

UK flooding: people stranded overnight in Sheffield shopping centre after heavy rain hits Yorkshire and Midlands – live newsTom PressPhotog (@TomPressPhotog)

River now breached the flood defences near Meadowhall pic.twitter.com/hcSWlX5Cc8

November 7, 2019

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

“We had to basically camp out in the food area until they finally got a taxi to us at 7am. None of us had slept for over 24 hours. We were very tired, stressed and, of course, our families were panicking and kept keeping in touch.

“My dad even tried driving to us around 11.30pm but, because the centre was gridlocked and also flooded and shut off, he wasn’t able to get to us and so he had to turn around and go home. “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.”

Updatedat 10.55am GMT

My colleague, Rachel Obordo, the Guardian’s community editor, wants to hear from you.

If you have been affected by the flooding in Yorkshire and the Midlands and would like to share your experiences and weather-related travel problems, then please do so via the Guardian’s form here. It is encrypted and your responses are seen only by the Guardian. You can also contact us via WhatsApp by clicking here or adding the contact +44(0)7867825056.

Though we’d like to hear from you, your safety and security is most important. When responding and particularly if taking photographs or video please make sure you put your safety and the safety of others first. Bad weather can be unpredictable and carries very real risks.

Updatedat 9.27am GMT

Sky’s Steph Oliver has made it through flood water to assess the scene this morning in Rotherham’s town centre:

UK flooding: people stranded overnight in Sheffield shopping centre after heavy rain hits Yorkshire and Midlands – live newsSteph Oliver (@stepholiverSky)

This is the current scene in Rotherham town centre. #Flooding pic.twitter.com/wgthhfZBcd

November 8, 2019

A determined lone commuter wades through waist-high flood water with his bike. Asked if he was cold, he replied that his bike will keep him warm. That’s the spirit.

Steph Oliver (@stepholiverSky)

Just witnessed a cyclist wading through waist deep floodwater in Rotherham carrying his bike.

I asked him if he was cold and he replied his bike will keep warm. #Flooding #Rotherham pic.twitter.com/q7nWAJPRTZ

November 8, 2019

“I would have turned back if I felt the current was too strong,” Michael the cyclist tells Sky.

Steph Oliver (@stepholiverSky)

Michael the cyclist tells me “i would have turned back if I felt the current was too strong”. He was determined to get to work in Rotherham. #Flooding pic.twitter.com/DLY6ZGHSZF

November 8, 2019

The River Don is following very high near the city’s train station:

UK flooding: people stranded overnight in Sheffield shopping centre after heavy rain hits Yorkshire and Midlands – live newsSteph Oliver (@stepholiverSky)

The River Don is looking very high near Rotherham Central Railway Station. #Flooding pic.twitter.com/5rdcdJxcpW

November 8, 2019

More from the trapped shoppers last night as 12-year-old Dakota Hallam tells a reporter how she was stuck at Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield.

The schoolgirl told LBC yesterday: “I don’t know how long but we’ve been here absolutely ages.” She added: “We’ve asked Greggs [the shop] if they were going to stay overnight and they’re staying overnight so we might as well.”

LBC News (@LBCNews)

Dakota Hallam, 12, is inside Meadowhall Shopping Centre and told LBC News she doesn’t know how long they will inside and suggested: “We could go get our pyjamas from Primark” pic.twitter.com/DOq1901o8g

November 7, 2019

Meanwhile, Hannah Crossley, who was also trapped at the shopping centre, tweeted this video that apparently showed the scene outside Meadowhall last night:

UK flooding: people stranded overnight in Sheffield shopping centre after heavy rain hits Yorkshire and Midlands – live newsHannah Crossley (@Spannaarr_95)

All trains are now cancelled… we could may be here at Meadowhall for the night? pic.twitter.com/koLAXCmKFX

November 7, 2019

She later tweeted that she had made it home:

Hannah Crossley (@Spannaarr_95)

We are home safe finally ?

November 7, 2019

Meadowhall, which says it is reopening at 10am this morning, said at 10.46pm last night that the “majority of customers left the building” but that there were “a small number of people who have chosen to stay with us for now”.

Meadowhall (@LoveMeadowhall)

(1/2) Whilst the road networks have been severely affected by the floods, our centre remains dry and secure. The majority of customers left the building before the centre officially closed at 10pm but there are a small number of people who have chosen to stay with us for now.

November 7, 2019

Updatedat 9.08am GMT

Flooding has sparked huge transport disruption today, leaving thousands of commuters facing a battle to get to work. Train operators are warning passengers not to travel on a series of routes through Yorkshire – particularly in the Sheffield area – and between Hebden Bridge and Rochdale in the north-west. Network Rail, which owns Britain’s rail infrastructure, said track inspections would take place “where possible”.

Northern rail warned disruption could continue into the weekend despite the weather improving in many areas. The company has issued an update on blocked lines:

UK flooding: people stranded overnight in Sheffield shopping centre after heavy rain hits Yorkshire and Midlands – live newsNorthern (@northernassist)

TRAVEL UPDATE: Due to heavy rain flooding the railway some lines are blocked. pic.twitter.com/SsppdoVuMd

November 8, 2019

A spokesman told PA Media: “We are still advising customers on several routes not to travel as flooding is making rail and road travel extremely difficult. “Colleagues at Network Rail are inspecting the tracks and working hard to return them to normal, but at present we have no estimate as to when we will be able to operate services on the affected routes.”

Other train companies hit by the weather include CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, LNER, TransPennine Express, Transport for Wales and Virgin Trains.


A sign shows cancelled trains at a station close to the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Updatedat 9.09am GMT

The BBC weather forecaster Simon King gives a good summary of the numbers on rainfall in south Yorkshire as of 7.45am.

Meanwhile, readers can view the Environment Agency’s flood warnings in their area and across the country here, which are updated constantly.

Simon King (@SimonOKing)

Current rainfall and #flooding in S Yorks in numbers… ?

5 severe flooding warnings on River Don*
? >100 flooding warnings*
?

82mm of rain in Sheffield since Wed eve
?

79mm Nov average for Sheffield
?

167% of average Oct rainfall for Sheffield *numbers at 7.45am pic.twitter.com/xugmW1AeSp

November 8, 2019

And for those wondering how the weather will fare later, King tweets:

Simon King (@SimonOKing)

Rain will continue to ease and move to the SE today.

Some showers in E Eng but elsewhere it’s a much drier and sunnier day than yesterday! Another chilly day. pic.twitter.com/Bpok7e0yKC

November 8, 2019

Updatedat 8.38am GMT

One villager near Sheffield described how he had a sea of water across his carpets in his home this morning following the rain – and up to four feet outside.

James Barber, who lives in the village of Whiston, near Sheffield in south Yorkshire, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “This morning it seems to have subsided quite a bit. It got to its peak at around two o’clock this morning. In our house it got to about seven inches or so in the lower levels.”

Asked if he had a sea of water across his floors and carpets, he replied: “Yes, absolutely,” adding: “But outside, in the yard, in the drive, it got to about four feet.” He continued: “I moved my car out earlier on and I’m really glad I did because we thought that the pinnacle of it was at around three o’clock yesterday afternoon.” An emergency contractor from Streets Ahead, which has been helping local residents overnight, also told the programme: “We’ve got teams our there.

They’ve been supporting members of the public providing sandbags. We’ve been taking people out of their cars that’ve been flooded, trying to remove those flood waters from roads to allow people to commute through the city.”

Updatedat 8.40am GMT

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has tweeted about the floods this morning:

Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson)

Awful to see the terrible flooding across the North of England.

Thank you to the emergency staff & volunteers helping families through this difficult time. Pls follow @metoffice for updates in your area or call the flood hotline: 0345 988 1188.

November 8, 2019

Sheffield city council has issued an update on road closures as of 7am. Rotherham council did the same last night at 1.55am.

SheffieldCityCouncil (@SheffCouncil)

Good Morning!

There’s plenty of traffic disruption after yesterday’s flooding with many roads closed and public transport disruptions. Check our site for updates on road closures:https://t.co/DbgWgqY2Pp

November 8, 2019

Meanwhile, Derbyshire olice have issued a warning about motorists driving in flood water:

Derbyshire Police (@DerbysPolice)

Widespread flooding is affecting roads around Derbyshire with large numbers of road closures in place. Areas currrently affected are Matlock, N.E Derbyshire, High Peak and Derwent Valley.

Do not drive into flood water. The roads currently closed are…

November 8, 2019

Updatedat 8.40am GMT

Nearly a month’s worth of rainfall has fallen in Sheffield in 24 hours, according to the Met Office.

The forecaster told the Guardian 75.6mm of rain fell in the city up to 6am this morning, compared with a monthly average for the whole of November in Yorkshire of 89.7mm. Five severe flood warnings remain in place, 117 flood warnings and 121 flood alerts. The Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “Over the last 24 hours it’s been a very wet.

It’s come after a wetter than average October so it’s almost been the worst possible combination for Sheffield. “It’s been a very wet autumn and yesterday was extremely wet, almost a month’s worth of rain falling in 24 hours over an urban area. It’s never a good combination.

That’s why we are seeing the flooding across parts of Sheffield.”

Updatedat 8.41am GMT

Good morning, folks. Simon Murphy here, I’ll be liveblogging the latest developments in Yorkshire and the Midlands, where torrential rain has caused flooding that has led to chaos overnight. Hundreds of shoppers were trapped in shopping centres in both Sheffield and Rotherham.

Many homes have been forced to evacuate and 116 flood warnings remain in place, the majority of them in Yorkshire. The Met Office predicts flooding rains will clear, moving south-east by lunchtime. But, as the clean-up operation begins, flood warnings are expected to remain in place for several days.


A car sits in floodwater near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield where some people were forced to stay overnight.

Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Updatedat 8.13am GMT

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