Chaos as South Yorkshire hit by flash flooding

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Flash flooding caused chaos across South Yorkshire on Friday evening with homes, businesses and roads all swamped by torrential downpours.

Fire crews received over 100 calls in a four hour period between 6pm and 10pm, with Barnsley and Doncaster worst affected.

Barnsley Interchange will be closed for two days after heavy rain caused part of the roof to collapse.

Structural engineers were called to the scene after large holes developed in several places, bringing down tiles making passenger seating areas dangerous.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive say the interchange will remain closed until it is declared to be safe.

Bus passengers have been told to use the nearest available stops, while train services are unaffected.

Fire crews spent several hours at Barnsley Hospital where water flooded the basement, putting the lifts out of action.

It was midnight before things were running normally again, though patients were unaffected.

Also badly affected was the Asda store at Old Mill Lane, Barnsley, where water from a flooded car park swept into the supermarket and a ceiling collapsed.

Thousands of pounds worth of stock was ruined while the premises suffered flood damage.

The store was still open today with stock being replaced and staff clearing up, some called in from other Asda supermarkets.

A multi-storey car park on Kendray Street in Barnsley town centre was also closed when stairwells filled up with rain.

At Kendray a woman in a wheelchair living in a bungalow called for help after her home became flooded.

Fire crews lifted her out of the premises and she spent the night with relatives.

Sheffield escaped the worst of the deluge although parts of Oughtibridge were affected.

And at Station Road, Chesterfield three homes had to be pumped out after flood water swept in.

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said for four hours the situation was ‘manic’.

“Drains simply couldn’t cope with the water leading to the flooding of many roads and some properties, mostly in the Barnsley and Doncaster areas,” she said.

“We had numerous requests for assistance from householders who had floods in basements or other parts of their properties, while others just asked for advice.

“Crews were able to cope with the calls that came in but it was an extremely busy evening.”

More heavy rain is expected to sweep across the region tomorrow as the remains of Hurricane Bertha approach the UK.