FLOODING in Sheffield has caused the river to rise to such a “worrying” level the archway below the bridge has disappeared making the water almost level with the bridge.
The Met Office has warned of “prolonged and occasionally heavy” rainfall throughout Thursday and Friday, with up to three inches falling in some areas. While the Environmental Agency has issued 72 flood warnings and 107 flood alerts across England. There was one amber and two yellow weather warnings in affect for rain on Thursday night.
The Amber warning covers Sheffield, Huddersfield and Doncaster.
The area is causing flooding and disruption with damage to some building possible.
The Met Office warning reads: “Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life.
“Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely.
The yellow warnings are in effect across northern England including Lincoln, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Scarborough, Middlesbrough and parts of Manchester.
This warning is in effect from 6am on Thursday through to Friday at 6am.
The second yellow warning covers a portion of North Wales including St Asaph, Wrexham and parts of Chester.
This warning is in effect from 9am to 11.59pm on Thursday.
It comes as hundreds of shoppers are trapped in Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield as police ordered them not to leave after the flooding left the area gridlocked.
The force’s operational support unit said on Twitter: “All roads around Meadowhall are currently gridlocked.
“There is heavy flooding due to adverse weather conditions and closures are in place.
“Please avoid the area. Events at Meadowhall are CANCELLED. We advise only essential travel.” The unit then added: “If you are in Meadowhall, do not leave the shopping centre – await further updates.
“If you are travelling to collect people, do not attempt your journey.
“Await updates as we work to ensure safety of people in the immediate vicinity.”
The force said it had closed the nearby junction 34 of the M1 in both directions to “alleviate pressure”.
The shopping centre itself also took to Twitter and said: “Christmas Live Cancelled: Due to the adverse weather and the subsequent impact on the public transport it is with regret that the Christmas Live event has been cancelled.
“If you were planning to attend we will be in touch with regards our ticket refund policy as soon as possible.”