Flood Warnings Cover England as Torrential Rain Hits Country

Britain  has been hit by torrential rain, with a rare amber alert issued by the Met Office. Now flood alerts are in place for much of the country.

Severe flood warnings and rail cancellations remain in areas of England flooded after a month’s worth of rain fell in a single day.

Derbyshire and South Yorkshire have been worst hit by the floods, causing water to breach banks and sweep over flood defences, which claimed the life of one woman  swept away in a river near Matlock.

After her death in the Derwent at Rowsley, near Matlock in Derbyshire,  the Environment Agency (EA) warned people to stay away from swollen rivers.

The River Don, which flows through Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster, hit its highest recorded level at just over 6.3m (21ft), higher than it was in 2007 when it also flooded.

Shoppers spent the night inside Meadowhall shopping centre after roads became impassable and dangerous to life.

Services remain cancelled on the Matlock-Derby-Nottingham route and diversions are in place between Derby and Chesterfield, adding about 30 minutes to journeys.
A man wades through a flooded street Sheffield

On Friday night, Boris Johnson visited Matlock to help with the clean-up operation and said the government is putting £2.6bn towards flood defences.

Meanwhile, trains are not running in parts of the East Midlands.



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