Month's worth of rain triggers widespread floods across northern and central England

Month's worth of rain triggers widespread floods across northern and central England

Widespread floods hit parts of northern and central England following heavy rains on November 7, 2019. The downpour was reportedly equivalent to a month's worth of rain, prompting evacuations to hundreds of residents.

According to the Environment Agency, the highest rainfall was recorded in Swineshaw in the district of Peak, with 112 mm (4 inches) in the same period.

"Some places have seen a month's worth of rain in one day," Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said.

As of Friday, November 8, the agency reported that 117 flood warnings are in place, as well as five severe warnings near Don River.

Around 30 people who got stranded due to bad weather had to stay overnight in the Meadowhall shopping center in Sheffield.

In South Yorkshire, fire and rescue service said their control operators took around 1 200 emergency calls in a 24-hour period to November 8, mostly fro people trapped in vehicles or their homes.

Rescue teams saved over 120 people, including those stranded from a shopping center and nearby retail outlets in Rotherham.

Floods hit the city of Sheffield, where Don River burst after 85 mm (3 inches) of rain.

The Doncaster Council warned people to evacuate their homes on November 8. Previously, floods swept through homes in the nearby village of Whiston when the Whiston Brook burst its banks.

Dearne River also triggered flooding in the Barnsley area, including Darton, Lundwood, and Low Valley.

In Nottinghamshire, a landslide induced by heavy rain occurred in a residential area in Mansfield on November 7. At least 35 homes were affected, leading residents to evacuate. No injuries were reported.

There was an increase in water levels of the Ryton River as well. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said residents from 25 homes were displaced.

In Derbyshire, the district council has declared an emergency after the Derwent River got swollen, resulting in floods that hit Matlock and Matlock Bath.

Heavy rain and flooding are expected to further affect parts of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire.

Featured image credit: South Yorkshire Fire


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