Heavy rain causes flooding across northern England – BBC News, BBC News

Heavy rain causes flooding across northern England – BBC News, BBC News



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Flooding has brought road and rail disruption across northern England after hours of heavy rainfall.

Rail commuters on the Northern network faced disruption across Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, South and West Yorkshire.

Across Yorkshire and Derbyshire 42 flood warnings were in place.

The Met Office has warned of “prolonged and occasionally heavy” rain throughout Thursday and into Friday, with up to 80 mm (3in) falling in some areas.

A yellow weather warning is in place for the East Midlands, North East England, parts of North West England and Yorkshire until 06: 00 GMT on Friday.

As a precaution, temporary barriers have been installed in Mytholmroyd in the Calder Valley, which was badly hit by flooding on Boxing Day in 2015, the Environment Agency (EA) said.

The area has since seen millions of pounds invested in improved flood defences.

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Image caption                                    Spinkhill Road in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, has been badly affected by heavy and persistent rainfall                             
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Image caption                                    Roads around Barnsley were affected by the floodwater                             

Heavy rainfall has closed several roads in Leicestershire while homes at Whiston near Rotherham have also been flooded.

The A1 northbound is closed between B 6325 Great North Road (North Muskham) and A 6075 Ashvale Road (Tuxford Junction, Tuxford) in Lincolnshire .


Rail firm Northern has issued “do not travel” advice for passengers using three routes.

Flooding has closed the lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln and Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria.

The firm said roads were also closed in the corresponding areas, meaning “customers should not attempt to travel”.

Rotherham Central and Kiveton Park railway station are closed due to flooding and all lines between Todmorden and Rochdale are also blocked. Trains are also not stopping at Hadfield in Derbyshire due to the adverse weather.

A Christmas event at Meadowhall Shopping Center, near Sheffield, remains set to go ahead despite rising levels on the adjacent River Don.

The center flooded in the 2007 when the Don burst its banks, inundating large parts of Sheffield.

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Image caption                                    Flood defences were put in place at Mytholmroyd by the Environment Agency                             

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Image caption                                    The heavy rainfall saw a vehicle stranded in Brigshaw, West Yorkshire                             

There has also been rail travel disruption between Chester and Crewe due to flooding on the tracks, with some services running through those stations being cancelled.

Transport for Wales Rail said a replacement bus service was in operation.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “There is a risk some places will see significant amounts of rain, particularly the higher ground of North Wales, the Pennines, the North York Moors and the Peak District.”

The EA said: “Our incident rooms are open and we are working closely with partners to reduce flood risk.”

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Image caption                                    Train lines between Chester and Crewe have been disrupted by flooding on the railway lines                             

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