UK flooding alert: Desperate plea for drivers made as 24 hours of weather misery to come – News 247

 Authorities in the north of England have warned people to adjust their driving according to the severe weather In a string of alerts, South Yorkshire Police warned over the dire conditions that have seen half of November’s rainfall pour onto the area in a day  The alert from the police force read: “Please adjust your driving to suit the extreme conditions during the next 24 hours  “We have more rain forecast and many roads have standing water which varies in depth, so please drive with caution and reduce speed to allow time to react ” More rain is expected to swamp the midlands and north England overnight. South Yorkshire is one of the worst affected areas  One emergency contractor described the rain in South Yorkshire as not “far from biblical”  Up to 99 flood warnings and 117 flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency  Amber and yellow warnings are in place across the country. The floods meant travel chaos, with many commuters getting caught up in the mayhem  :  Road closures left many motorists stranded, with others having to abandon their cars after becoming lodged in stooped parts of the road  Rail firm, Northern, said a number of routes, including the Todmorden-Rochdale Cross-Penine line, had been closed due to flooding  It added that lines are blocked at stations including Hadfield and Rotherham Central  Some who were stranded took to Twitter and Instagram to express concern over the situation they had found themselves in    One user wrote: “Stuck In Leeds Northern rail have left me stranded and won’t provide a taxi as their taxi firms won’t go near the flooding  “They’ve refused to take me the alternate way over the tops and said well either get a hotel or someone to pick me up  “Luckily LNER trains who brought me into Leeds from London over heard and were disgusted and most graciously sorted a taxi for me home ” Shoppers at Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield have been told they can leave after being momentarily trapped because of the flooding  Residents have been forced from their homes following a mudslide that posed a significant risk to infrastructure  The Met Office has warned of “prolonged and occasionally heavy” rainfall throughout Friday, with up to three inches falling in some areas  The Amber warning covers Sheffield, Huddersfield and Doncaster. This means disruption with damage to some building is 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. Trending  “Spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures  “A good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads. “Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely ” The warning has been in effect since 7am on Thursday and will remain in place until 6am on Friday

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