Torrential rain unleashes flooding chaos in Yorkshire

7 November 2019, 14:00 | Updated: 7 November 2019, 18:10

A bridge in Whiston in Rotherham, as heavy rain hits Yorkshire
A bridge in Whiston in Rotherham, as heavy rain hits Yorkshire. Picture: LBC News
Sylvia De Luca

By Sylvia De Luca

More than 60 flood warnings are in place in Yorkshire as the region was battered by heavy rain, road closures and disruption to rail services.

47 of these warnings are in the south of Yorkshire.

Flooding has affected the M1, as well as routes in major cities, especially Sheffield.

The Meadowhall Christmas Light switch on, which attracts thousands of people annually, has been cancelled due to the severe weather.

Several schools in south Yorkshire have closed early, with many saying they also won't open tomorrow.

There has also been severe disruption to train services in the region, with people being advised not to travel unless it is unavoidable.

Videos on social media show cars struggling to get through flooded roads and homes and gardens completely underwater.

Yorkshire has seen heavy downpours throughout the last 12 hours, and further rain is forecast throughout the night.

Sheffield has seen the worst of the flooding in the region, with an amber warning in place for the whole of today.

The Yorkshire Post reported that residents have been urged by the Flood Information Service in Leeds to "be prepared" as flooding is very possible.

The flood alert said: "River levels are rising steadily in response to persistent rainfall.

"Consequently, flooding of roads and low-lying land is possible from this morning until approximately 9am tomorrow."

Forecasters have warned that flooding around the River Don in Doncaster is possible, as the river levels are expected to rise significantly today.

There has been severe disruption to rail services after flooding at Kiveton, South Yorkshire, and several road closures are in place across the region.

Earlier today forecasters issued "danger to life" warnings and predicted that flooding, power cuts and transport chaos could hit parts of the UK.

The Met Office has issued amber weather warnings for several parts of northern England and Wales.