SEVERE flood warnings with a “danger to life” alert have been issued in the UK as the Rover Don breached its banks on Friday morning.
On Friday morning, Doncaster Council advised residents in the Kirk Sandall area to “evacuate immediately” after the River Don burst its banks at St Oswald Church around 7am. This news comes after parts of northern England received the average rainfall for the whole of November on Thursday alone, flooding large areas and disrupting travel.
The Environment Agency has issued five severe flood warnings, with a “danger to life” alert, as a woman’s body was pulled from flood water in Derbyshire.
The regions under severe warnings are around the River Don, at Barnby Dun, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge Caravan Site.
In addition to this, 117 flood warnings are in place, meaning “flooding is expected – immediate action required” – you can see a full map and search for your area .
Most warnings are in Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
The Environment Agency has also issued 121 flood alerts, which means “flooding is possible – be prepared”.
On Friday, the Met Office forecast said “a band of rain across Wales and the Midlands will edge southeastwards and die out”.
But despite the easing rain, river levels continue rising, and local authorities are urging residents to remain vigilant.
Doncaster Council tweeted on Friday: “The River Don is breaching at St Oswald Church, Kirk Sandall.
“There is a Severe Flood Warning in place for Sandal Grove, Old Kirk Sandall.
“Residents in these areas are advised to evacuate immediately. We advise people to seek shelter with family and friends.
“If you require support ring our emergency helpline 01302 735688. Rest centres have been established.”
Damien West, head of prevention and protection at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, tweeted: “In Worksop with Crews who are working tirelessly to rescue a large number of people from flooded premises. A very long, cold and hard working night.”
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Some places have seen a month’s worth of rain in one day.
“The rain is easing and moving south but obviously the impact of that will continue to be felt.”
Residents have been warned their homes and businesses could flood on Friday, while fast-flowing water could endanger lives and some communities could be cut off on Friday.
In Mansfield, 35 homes were evacuated as a precaution after a mudslide, and a major incident was declared in Sheffield by the city council.
At the Meadowhall Shopping Centre near Sheffield, hundreds of people were stuck inside because of gridlocked traffic.
On Thursday night, an Environment Agency spokesman said: “We are continuing to work closely with local authorities to reduce the risk of flooding.
“Our field teams have been ensuring flood defences can fully operate and deploying temporary flood barriers to help protect people and property.
“We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk or drive through floodwater as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”