Torrential rain in England kills 1; floods streets

FLOODING No train services through Rotherham and M1 affected

Homes evacuated as month's worth of rain in a day brings travel chaos

One woman has died in the United Kingdom after being swept away by surging waters as torrential rain drenched parts of north and central England, swelling rivers, forcing evacuations and disrupting travel.

According to the forecast from the Environment Agency, the River Don at Doncaster is predicted to reach its highest recorded level later on Friday. People were kept inside Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield yesterday due to flooded roads and gridlocked traffic.

Emergency services in Derbyshire, south of Sheffield, recovered the body of a woman near the River Derwent after reports of a woman being swept away by floodwater.

She said: "We were provided with free refreshments throughout the night and morning but it was certainly not enough".

Over 100 flood warnings are in place across the north of England. "We'll continue to look after them until they can return home safely".

A major incident was called in the South Yorkshire city which was one of the worst affected by the heavy downpours across the UK.

Doncaster Council warned residents to evacuate their homes immediately as a river breached its banks.

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Yet it again saw dramatic scenes on Thursday, with a number of roads left impassable to traffic, cars stranded in floodwater and gridlock resulting on many routes.

And in Lincolnshire, the River Witham had risen so much residents said they were able to see swans swimming up to the edge of their properties.

Northern and Transpennine Express are asking customers NOT to travel with no trains between Doncaster and Leeds, Doncaster and Sheffield and services to Manchester also affected.

But forecasters offered some respite.

BBC meteorologist Matt Taylor said more than a month's worth of rain fell in Sheffield over 24 hours.

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