MOTORISTS were left stranded as torrential rain hit the north of England yesterday — and forecasters warned that things will only get wetter.
Roads turned into rivers and homes were flooded as the Met Office said up to four inches would fall on Sheffield from midnight until 6am today. An amber warning for heavy rain was issued for an area spanning from the city to Manchester and Bradford.
Rail services across Yorkshire and the Pennines were cancelled and tram-train routes from Rotherham and Sheffield were also affected by the deluge.
South Yorkshire Police urged drivers to avoid the affected routes, tweeting: ‘Please adjust your driving to suit the extreme conditions. Many roads have standing water which varies in depth. Reduce speed to allow time to react.’
Sheffield city council’s Streets Ahead team said it responded to ‘numerous reports of flooding’ and advised people to ‘take extra care when travelling.’
Social media users posted images of submerged spots, as it emerged the Environment Agency had issued 25 flood warnings and 84 flood alerts, mainly in the Yorkshire region.