Residents told to leave homes as downpours bring floods across northern England

FLOODING No train services through Rotherham and M1 affected

Torrential rain in England strands shoppers, floods streets

Last night, some shoppers spent the night at Sheffield's Meadowhall centre, sleeping on benches and chairs after gridlocked traffic left them unable to leave, while 35 homes were evacuated in Mansfield after a mudslide.

Earlier today, the Met Office issued an Amber Severe weather warning for Yorkshire & Humber, with disruption to travel predicted.

While most of the serious flooding affected central and northern England, there were more than 100 other alerts across the country where the Environment Agency cautioned that flooding was possible.

Concerns have been raised about the levels of rivers running through the city, with the city council closing Millhouses Park, where a 14-year-old boy was swept to his death in the River Sheaf during the devastating floods in the city in 2007.

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

Since the torrential rain on Thursday, we've had over 20 flood warnings and nine of these have been severe.

The lines involved are between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln, Sheffield and Goole, Hebden Bridge and Rochdale, and the line from Sheffield to Leeds via Moorthorpe.

Forecaster Craig Snell said it could be that the total hits 100mm by Friday morning.

The Environment Agency said river levels peaked in Sheffield and Rotherham overnight, and are starting to fall, although they are still high in the Doncaster area, with further flood impacts anticipated over the coming 24 hours as water travels downstream.

The Sky News video shows the Prime Minister, seeming to struggle with the cleaning utensil, using one hand to manoeuvre the mop and failing to remove much of the water.

"Our incident rooms are open and we are working closely with local authorities and partners to reduce the risk of flooding".

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

"We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your vehicle".

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