Flood water brings South Yorkshire roads to standstill

Washout: Cars and buses plough their way through the wet on St Ann's Road, Rotherham and, right, levels rise on the River Don near Meadowhall.'            PICTURE: PAUL DRABBLE.
Washout: Cars and buses plough their way through the wet on St Ann's Road, Rotherham and, right, levels rise on the River Don near Meadowhall.' PICTURE: PAUL DRABBLE.
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IT was business as usual on South Yorkshire’s roads today after emergency crews worked round the clock to tackle flooding.

Roads across South Yorkshire were flooded, with some closed and a number of homes were flooded after torrential downpours.

Police set up a special ‘Silver Command’ and warned motorists to avoid the area next to Sheffield’s Meadowhall Centre due to high water levels in the River Don.

South Yorkshire fire service received a 60 per cent increase in call-outs as its officers pumped out water from roads and houses.

Some of the most problematic areas were Jubliee Bridge, Selby Road, Thorne and Glasshouse Lane in Kilnhurst, Rotherham where drainage systems failed to cope with the huge downpour.

A group of homes in Askern Road, Doncaster were visited by firefighters after their gardens flooded and crews were also called out to Hatfield Colliery in Stainforth to pump water from an electricity sub-station at 1.40am on Saturday.

But the wet weather eased off during Saturday and yesterday, allowing police officers, firefighters and agency workers to clear the remainder of affected roads.

A South Yorkshire fire service spokeswoman said: “Where action has been required, fire crews have been helping to pump out a small number of flooded properties, mainly in the Barnsley area.

“They have also assisted several vehicles which have been stranded in flood water, including Tickhill in Doncaster, Rivelin Valley Road, Sheffield and Lowe Road, Barnsley.”

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “The majority of call-outs we received were on Friday night.

“The problem has eased as the weather has improved over the weekend and we have worked to re-open those roads.”

But weather forecasters predict more rain for the remainder of the week with heavy showers expected tomorrow and Wednesday.