Washout: Sheffield gets a month of rain in 24-hours

Downpour: People huddled under umbrellas as the rain fell in Sheffield.
Downpour: People huddled under umbrellas as the rain fell in Sheffield.
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THE ‘diabolical summer’ of downpours is set to continue - after a month’s worth of rain deluged Sheffield in 24 hours on Friday (July 7, 2012).

Most fell between 6am and 6pm, turning streets into rivers and putting South Yorkshire on a Met Office ‘amber’ alert.

The RNLI flood rescue team was on standby to attend incidents in South Yorkshire if required, and the Environment Agency issued flood warnings for parts of the River Don, the River Sheaf, Porter Brook, and Blackburn Brook.

Police issued a warning to motorists to avoid the roads around Meadowhall yesterday afternoon, and to travel only if essential.

Fire crews pumped water away from properties in High Bradfield and on Middlewood Drive East, Sheffield. Rivelin Valley Road in Rivelin, and Parkside Road, Hallwood Road and Howbrook Lane, Hillsborough, were all affected by floodwater.

In Barnsley a flooded cellar was pumped out on Bridgefoot, Silkstone, and a car was stranded in three feet of water on Lowe Lane, Stainborough. Its female driver had to be pushed to safety by two firefighters.

In Doncaster two people became stranded when their car got stuck in floodwater in Wilsic Road, Tickhill, but a garage towed them to safety and firefighters were not needed. Denaby and Mexborough were the areas of the town worst affected, and children were told to stay away from five schools which flooded.

Chris Burton from forecasters Meteogroup said the rain will ease off in South Yorkshire this weekend - but the showers are set to continue well into next week.

Mr Burton said: “Today Sheffield will have sunny spells, and showers which will be heavy, but it won’t rain like it did yesterday.” Temperatures could reach up to 20C.

He added: “Tomorrow we are expecting bigger spells of rain but we aren’t sure whether they will reach Sheffield. They could be quite heavy and thundery.

“Next week is also looking unsettled with showers predicted all week.”

He confirmed last month was the wettest June in England and Wales since 1860, with well over twice the usual rainfall.

And fellow forecaster Paul Knightley said it isn’t going to get any better.

“I’m afraid the diabolical summer continues,” he said. “It’s probably the worst we’ve had.

“It has been cool, dull, and incredibly wet - and certainly for the foreseeable future there is no sign of anything akin to a long, dry, warm spell.”