Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSheffield road flooded, prompting a warning for drivers Heavy rainfall has left the streets of Sheffield flooded and hundreds of people stranded in a shopping centre. One contractor described the rain in South Yorkshire as “not far from biblical”. The slipway on the M1 at junction 34
Heavy rainfall has left the streets of Sheffield flooded and hundreds of people stranded in a shopping centre.
One contractor described the rain in South Yorkshire as “not far from biblical”.
The slipway on the M1 at junction 34 has been closed and shoppers were stuck in the Meadowhall centre.
Elsewhere, 35 homes in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, were evacuated at about 17:00 GMT following a mudslide caused by torrential rain.
Across Yorkshire heavy rain is forecast until 03:00 and Sheffield Town Hall will be open all night for people stranded by floodwater.
Emergency contractors are working at “full capacity” to prevent further flooding with a “full emergency service” running across the city.
Council officials said the impact of the flooding was likely to continue into Friday and affect the morning rush hour.
Councillor Mark Jones said: “The rain is going to get worse again tonight.
“We have a full emergency service running and we are monitoring the situation as best we can but we are inundated.
“It’s all hands on deck, everything is being activated and mobilised but the fire service and council contractors are working at full capacity.”
Darren Butt, of contractors Streets Ahead, said: “The situation is not far from biblical, it is very frustrating for the traveller but we are dealing with a big volume of water, it is very slow and frustrating.”
South Yorkshire Police said the area around Meadowhall had been left gridlocked due to the flooding.
The shopping centre, just off the M1, was due to host the annual Christmas Live event on Thursday featuring acts including Ella Henderson, Tom Zanetti, Jonas Blue.
But the show was called off at the last minute amid a torrential downpour.
Police originally advised shoppers in Meadowhall not to leave amid the deluge.
But at about 20:40 GMT the force tweeted to say people were being “supported to leave” the centre.
Harmony Harrop, 14, was one of the hundreds of people trapped in Meadowhall.
She said: “We have been talking to security and they said it wasn’t safe to go outside.”
Harmony said one of her friends had called her father but due to the traffic problems, he had spent four hours trying to reach the shopping centre.
Grandmother Olive Wilson, 69, from Barnsley was at Meadowhall with her family when they became trapped because of the weather.
She said she and her family are looking at staying at a nearby hotel if they are unable make the journey back to Barnsley.
Sheffield is one of the worst-hit places in England with a number of roads left impassable to traffic, cars stranded in floodwater and many routes gridlocked.
The council has closed Millhouses Park where a 14-year-old boy was swept to his death in the River Sheaf during the devastating floods in the city in 2007.
Elsewhere, Nottinghamshire Police said 35 homes had been evacuated in Bank End Close, Mansfield just after 17:00 “following concerns for the safety of people living in the houses” after a mudslide.
Drivers are being advised to avoid the area.
Heavy rainfall has also closed several roads in Leicestershire, while homes at Whiston near Rotherham have also been flooded.
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