UK weather – Flooding sparks home evacuations following MUDSLIDE and Christmas shoppers trapped after river bursts banks

DOZENS of homes have been evacuated following a mudslide while hundreds of Christmas shoppers have been left stranded in a shopping mall after flooding caused chaos across the country.

Residents on a road in Mansfield were evacuated just before 5pm today after part of a quarry collapsed following heavy rainfall.

UK flooding: A resident took a photo of the flooded Meadowhall Road in Sheffield
This photo showed the same road five hours earlier
UK flooding: Residents have had to leave their homes following a mudslide
UK flooding: 35 houses were evacuated following a mudslide sparked by flooding in Mansfield (pictured)
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Further north, hundreds of shoppers and concert-goers were left stranded inside the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield.

Thousands had headed to the mall this afternoon for the annual Christmas Live event which was due to feature acts including Ella Henderson, Tom Zanetti, Jonas Blue.

But the show was called off at the last minute as torrential rain saw levels on the nearby River Don rise dramatically and several routes around the complex affected by flooding.

This evening, cops announced the area was completely gridlocked and began to turn trapped motorists back into the centre’s massive car parks.

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South Yorkshire Police’s Operational Support Unit then advised everyone in the centre not to leave.

The unit said on its Twitter feed: “Please avoid the area. Events at Meadowhall are CANCELLED. We advise only essential travel.”

The unit then added: “If you are in #Meadowhall, do not leave the shopping centre – await further updates.

“If you are travelling to collect people, do not attempt your journey. Await updates as we work to ensure safety of people in the immediate vicinity.”

The force said it had closed the nearby junction 34 of the M1 in both directions to “alleviate pressure”.

As torrential downpours hit, there were dramatic scenes across the UK:

  • Thirty-five homes were evacuated as a precaution in Mansfield after a mudslide in the area
  • Hundreds of Christmas shoppers were kept inside the Meadowhall shopping centre near Sheffield
  • South Yorkshire Police said there were ‘significant issues’ in Doncaster
  • A number of homes were evacuated in Worksop
  • The Met Office’s amber weather warning for heavy rain covering parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands is in place until 6am
  • A severe flood warning has been issued for the River Calder at Brearley and Luddenden Foot in West Yorkshire

Trapped shoppers and concert goers took to social media to describe how they were stuck inside the complex.

Other posted images of the high level of the River Don, which runs right next to the centre.

Meanwhile a number of homes have been evacuated in Worksop due to a major flooding risk.

A rest centre has been set up at Worksop Leisure Centre.

UK flooding: The River Don was pictured overflowing next to the Meadowhall shopping centre
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UK flooding: A man wades through a flooded street in Sheffield this afternoon
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Commuter Neil Robb had to clear snow from around his car first thing this morning in the Scottish village of Tomintoul
A basement studio in the village of Whiston, near Sheffield owned by Liz Churton was flooded out today
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A red flood alert was put in place as a number of homes were flooded out in Whiston
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A resident tries to save his home in Whiston from being flooded with sandbags
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The garden of this home in Whiston became more like a lake after the flooding
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The Met Office is predicting some very wet weather across most parts of northern England
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A number of homes in Whiston were flooded out after heavy rain fell in northern parts of England
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Dramatic pictures show homes in Sheffield underwater following heavy downpours.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for heavy rain until 6am on Friday for an area between Sheffield, Manchester and Bradford.

It has also issued yellow warnings for surrounding regions as it said 40mm of rain had fallen in the Sheffield area between midnight and noon on Thursday.

Chester Police issued warnings about “severe flooding” on the Whitchurch Road.

Forecaster Craig Snell said it could be that the total hits 100mm by Friday morning.

He said driving conditions would continue to be challenging in West and South Yorkshire as well as across the Pennines and Manchester into Friday.

The rail firm Northern said that a number of routes, including the Todmorden-Rochdale cross-Pennine line, had been closed due to flooding.

Further north, concerns were growing in the Calder valley as river levels began to rise on Thursday.

A man abandons his car in a flooded street in Sheffield
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A hardy cyclist in Sheffield takes on the flood water
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A car is stuck in the flooding in the village of Whiston near Sheffield
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Flooding caused roads to appear more like rivers as drivers tried to get to work around Coventry this morning
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Chris Wilding, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Heavy rain could lead to surface water and river flooding across parts of northern England today and into tomorrow, particularly in parts of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

“Persistent showers may also bring localised river and surface water flooding to parts of southern England today and tomorrow.

“Our incident rooms are open and we are working closely with local authorities and partners to reduce the risk of flooding.

“Our field teams are ready to deploy temporary flood barriers to help protect people and property if needed.

“We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”

South Yorkshire Police issued alerts including one which said: “Please adjust your driving to suit the extreme conditions during the next 24 hours. We have more rain forecast and many roads have standing water which varies in depth, so please drive with caution and reduce speed to allow time to react.”

The Environment Agency has issued 25 flood warnings, mainly in the Yorkshire region, and 84 flood alerts.

A man wades through the floods in the village of Whirlow near Sheffield
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A BMW driver gets stuck trying to drive through deep flood water as it rises in the village of Whiston near Sheffield
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This motorcyclist was prepared for the floods near the Derbyshire village of Bubnell
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This family’s car got stuck in the floods as rain hit large parts of northern England
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Coventry was one area particularly hard hit by the heavy rain overnight
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Drivers near Glastonbury Tor battled the flooded roads after the River Brue overflowed
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Meanwhile residents are enduring heavy snow across Scotland with many roads impassable.

Authorities in parts of northern Scotland had to bring out the snow ploughs after they were hit by a sizeable snowfall.

Many commuters in and around the village of Tomintoul in the Scottish Highlands had to dig their cars out of snow drifts before setting off.

Elsewhere parts of North Wales, including Conwy and Wrexham, are subject to a separate yellow weather warning, with “heavy and persistent” rain falling throughout today.

Up to 70mm was predicted for north-facing hills within the warning area in Wales, while up to 30mm was expected elsewhere, the Met Office said.

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However London and South East England saw a “bright and clear day” today, with temperatures reaching 11C.

Rain hit the West Midlands earlier today but pushed northwards throughout the afternoon, ushering in drier weather this evening.

Brits are being warned to wrap up warm – with frost likely in central and northern parts of the country.

Parts of Scotland are expected to see freezing temperatures overnight tonight.

Met Office weather spokesman Oli Claydon told The Sun Online: “It will be a chilly night, certainly. Wrap up warm.

“There will be a few scattered showers. Take a look at the weather to see if you are going to need a warm coat or a waterproof coat.”

Environment Agency staff work to clear the debris blocking the central arches on the Wye Bridge in Hereford
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An ambulance stops to help rescue occupants of a white Ford Fiesta as it gets stranded in flood water in Penistone, Barnsley
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This weather map for Thursday morning shows severe downpours stretching across much of England and North Wales[/caption]

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The Met Office issued a series of yellow and amber weather warnings for rain on Thursday[/caption]

Snowploughs were spotted on the A939 which runs between Cockbridge and Tomintoul
Neil Robb was out and about near Tomintoul earlier today, armed with a shovel
A number of homes were damaged by the flooding in Whiston near Sheffield
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Cars would have been fortunate to be able to travel at 50mph near Coventry due to the floods
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Water cascades over the Caban Coch Dam in Elan Valley, near Rhayader in Powys
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Temperatures in some parts of Scotland are expected to hit zero on Friday night
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