THE MET OFFICE weather warning has now expired, but torrential rain has caused flooding across much of the UK. Now there are more than 200 flood warnings in place – is your area at risk?
On Thursday the Met Office issued several weather warnings for the UK, including a severe amber alert for rain. Now, these warnings have expired, and according to the Met Office, on Thursday half of the average rainfall for the whole of November fell in parts of the Midlands and Yorkshire.
In Sheffield alone on Thursday, there was a total of 2.8 inches of rain.
Now roads and railways are facing closures as agencies deal with the aftermath of the torrential rain.
Northern Rail said it expected “severe disruption” to its network, with services unable to run between Sheffield and Gainsborough Central or Lincoln Central.
Services have also been suspended between Sheffield and Leeds via Moorthorpe following the deluge.
Police were also called to the Parkgate Shopping Park in Rotherham last night after shoppers were trapped inside due to floodwaters.
South Yorkshire Police tweeted that they were working to move “a number of people” who were stranded in the complex to “a place of safety”, with boats called into action to help those inside escape.
The highest rainfall in the country on Thursday was recorded at Swineshaw in the Peak District, which had 4.4 inches in the 24 hours to 2am.
Now there are more than 200 flood alerts and warnings in place across the UK.
But where is at risk of flooding?
According to the government’s flood warning website, there are five areas under a severe flood warning, 120 under a flood warning and 118 under a flood alert.
The five areas facing a flood warning are
- River Don at Barnby Dun
- River Don at Kirk Bramwith
- River Don at Kirk Sandall
- River Don at South Bramwith
- River Don at Willow Bridge Caravan Site
For the full list of flood alerts check the Gov.uk website here.
The Met Office has predicted the flooding rains will clear and move south-east by lunchtime, but many flood warnings are expected to remain in place for the next few days.
On Thursday, 35 homes were evacuated as a precaution in Mansfield after a mudslide in the area, while hundreds of people were kept inside Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre due to flooded roads and gridlocked traffic outside.
Meadowhall, which flooded in 2007, had to cancel its Christmas Live event at the last minute on Thursday night, but after many of the thousands of people expected to attend had arrived.
While many of those inside managed to leave despite a partially flooded car park, some were forced to spend the night in the shopping centre, according to police.
With many surrounding routes flooded and trams stopping short of the complex due to “heavy rain putting the Tinsley tram bridge at risk”, gridlock led to police advising shoppers and concert goers to stay in the building.
Friday Weather Forecast
It was a frosty start for many this morning, with fog covering much of southern England which was slow to clear.
The Met Office forecasts a band of rain across Wales and the Midlands which will edge southeastwards and die out.
To the northwest, it will be dry with plenty of sunshine.
More rain will impact the northeast today, and it will be windy in places and feeling cold.
Tonight, showers will clear to the far southeast, long clear periods for most parts with a widespread frost and a few fog patches forming. Rain reaching the far west by dawn.
The chilly weather may only just beginning as bookmakers Ladbrokes have cut odds on this being the coldest November on record.
Having been a 3/1 shot earlier this week, the bookies now make it just 5/2 for this to go down as the coldest November ever, with bitter temperatures on the way.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We’re wrapping ourselves up for what looks like it might be the coldest November the UK has ever seen.”