Downpours bring flooding misery as election campaigning continues in the rain

Northern flooding

The UK is suffering from a severe cold spell in the immediate wake of major flooding across parts of England after a month's worth of rain fell in just 24 hours.

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.

South Yorkshire Police said there had been "significant issues" in Doncaster, with Bentley, Toll Bar and Scawthorpe the worst affected areas.

Her body was tragically recovered from flood water in Darley Dale, following reports that someone had been swept away by the rising waters.

By 9pm on Thursday, the Environment Agency has issued 98 flood warnings, mainly in the Yorkshire region, and 116 flood alerts.

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

"At times like this you get to see the strength of the community, and I have to praise the boys who were coming outside houses, and pumping the water away into rubbish bins, " he said.

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

Dozens were trapped in a shopping centre in the city of Sheffield overnight after becoming stranded and about 100 others were rescued from another mall nearby by firefighters in inflatable dinghies.

Shopper Saskia Hazelwood, 17, from Doncaster, told how she and her friends "instantly started panicking" when they saw there was no way of getting home.

A total of 116 flood warnings remain in place, mostly in Yorkshire, a Met Office spokesman said.

There were more than 30 flood warnings in place for Nottinghamshire and an additional 35 homes in Mansfield were evacuated as a precaution after a mudslide in the area while residents in around 25 homes in Worksop were also ordered to flee due to the risk of flooding.

"The rain is easing and moving south but obviously the impact of that will continue to be felt".

"Awful to see the bad flooding across the North of England", Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter.

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