Tuesday, 12 November, 2019

Torrential rain in England kills one floods streets

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Deanna Wagner | 09 November, 2019, 13:23

"The woman was reported as having been swept away by flood water in Rowsley and the body of what is believed to be the same woman was found in Darley Dale and was recovered at 10.40am".

The Environment Agency (EA) reduced its number of flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected - to below the 100 mark by 11am on Friday, with forecasters predicting the worst of the rain had been and gone.

The Environment Agency said that 4.4in (112mm) of rain fell on the Peak District on Thursday, while areas of Sheffield got 3.4in (85mm) during the same period.

Heavy rain brought severe flooding to parts of northern England on November 7 and 8, with local media reporting of home evacuations and transport chaos.

Toll Bar Post Office worker Kathleen Overton, 61, told the PA news agency: "It was nearly biblical, I would say".

Residents in Toll Bar, near Doncaster, described how the downpour was "almost biblical", while others made comparisons with deluges which devastated communities in the summer of 2007.

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"We had to wade through water to get children to the cars so they could get home with their parents".

Meanwhile, residents in Doncaster were being rescued by boats on Friday morning, after their street became flooded by waist-high water.

The South Yorkshire Fire Service said Friday it had fielded 1,200 emergency calls and rescued 120 people during the floods.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson helps with the clean up at an opticians as he visits Matlock, Derbyshire to view the flooding.

Thirty-five homes were evacuated as a precaution in Mansfield after a mudslide in the area while hundreds of people were kept inside Meadowhall Shopping centre near Sheffield due to gridlocked traffic outside.

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