Wednesday , May 12 2021

England flooding: More than 60 warnings in place – BBC News, BBC News


                                 Rescuers using a boat to get around RotherhamImage copyright                 AFP / Getty Images                                                      
Image caption                                    Rescuers used boats to reach people trapped in Rotherham                             

More than 60 flood warnings are in place across England after days of persistent rain.

Seven severe warnings – deemed a threat to life – remain on the River Don in South Yorkshire.

Towns and cities across Yorkshire and the Midlands have faced disruption and in some cases emergency evacuations as rivers have burst their banks.

Former High Sherriff of DerbyshireAnnie Hall was swept to her deathby the flooded River Derwent near Matlock.

In addition to the severe warnings,the Environment Agency has issued a further 54 Warnings– meaning flooding is expected – and 99 alerts.


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Media captionDrone footage filmed from Matlock shows the extent of the floodwater

National Rail said a number of routes were still affected by floodingand advised those traveling by train to check before setting out.

One of the most severely hit areas has been Bentley in Doncaster, where flooding affected many homes 12 years ago.

One resident told BBC Radio Sheffield: “The worry is our insurance policies are expensive as it is because of the 2007 floods , so now we’re all worried whether we’re going to get reinsured. “

Reporter Richard Cadey said some residents were “angry and frustrated” at Doncaster Council – claiming it had not been providing sandbags early enough to prevent properties from flooding.

                                                                                                      Image copyright                 Derbyshire Police                                                      
Image caption                                    Annie Hall’s family said they were “in great shock”                             

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