Sheffield weather: Live updates as Storm Babet recovery begins - Supertram returning to Meadowhall and more

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Sheffield and South Yorkshire has started the recovery process after flooding caused by Storm Babet.

Sheffield has started the recovery after Storm Babet battered the region with heavy rain and winds.

Residents in Catcliffe, Rotherham wereevacuated from their homes after floodwater engulfed the area.

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Several flood alerts have been issued for large parts of SheffieldSeveral flood alerts have been issued for large parts of Sheffield
Several flood alerts have been issued for large parts of Sheffield | National World

It is one of the areas worst affected by flooding - bringing back nightmare memories for residents affected by the catastrophic floods of 2007 which saw homes destroyed.

The River Rother also burst its banks in Killamarsh. The river recorded water levels higher than in 2007.

The Star will update this story throughout the day with any more reports of flooding.

Sheffield weather: Live updates as Sheffield begins recovery following battering by Storm Babet

Key Events

  • River Rother has burst its banks in Killamarsh - just after water levels exceed 2007 record
  • "Do not travel" warnings remain in place on Saturday after heavy rainfall on Friday.
  • Rescue teams are evacuating residents from Catcliffe as homes have flooded
  • New flooding expected elsewhere along the River Don today.
  • LIVE updates for Sheffield and South Yorkshire as poor weather continues...

Storm Babet lashes Sheffield

A number of roads are reportedly flooded in Sheffield this morning as Storm Babet continues to lash the UK.

Forecasters say rain will fall in the Steel City all day long and is not expected to stop until 9am on Saturday.

This morning (October 20), isolated flooding has been reported on roads and causing delays for drivers.

Sheffield is seeing isolated flooding on roads this morning (October 20) as Storm Babet lashes the country. Pictured is the junction of Sheffield Road and Retford Road at around 7am.Sheffield is seeing isolated flooding on roads this morning (October 20) as Storm Babet lashes the country. Pictured is the junction of Sheffield Road and Retford Road at around 7am.
Sheffield is seeing isolated flooding on roads this morning (October 20) as Storm Babet lashes the country. Pictured is the junction of Sheffield Road and Retford Road at around 7am. | UCG

Roads flooded in Woodhouse

Roads in Woodhouse has reportedly been severely affected so far. Water at least a foot deep has been pictured at the junction of Sheffield Road and Retford Road.

Cars have reportedly broken down in water up to two feet deep on Beaver Hill Road, while the flooding has also been reported at the roundabout on Coisley Hill.

Meanwhile, First South Yorkshire reports buses are being rediverted due to flooding on Upwell Street, in Lower Don Valley.

Trams heading east of Sheffield severely affected

In a statement at around 7.30am, Stagecoach Supertram said trams heading east from city centre [Rotherham and Parkgate] will likely be disrupted for the rest of the day.

A spokesperson said: "Due to the risk of flooding, the last tram train departure from Cathedral to Parkgate will be the 08:00 service. After this all Tram Train services will divert to Meadowhall. Tickets will be accepted on First and Stagecoach buses, between Meadowhall, Rotherham and Parkgate.

"Due to a risk of flooding, Tram Train services will be unable to operate to Rotherham Central and Parkgate in both directions.

"The last departure from Parkgate will be the 08:31 after this all Tram Train services will Divert to Meadowhall until further notice."

Environment Agency statement on flood risk

Ben Lukey, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said:“Persistent and heavy rain brought by a combination of Storm Babet and following weather systems means significant inland flooding is likely across parts of the North East and Yorkshire from Thursday through to Saturday, while, at the same time, flooding is also possible across other parts of the North, East Anglia and the South East.

“Environment Agency teams will be out on the ground, undertaking preparatory operational activity to minimise the impacts of flooding where possible. We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and urge people not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car. 

“People should check their flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation at https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding and follow @EnvAgency on X, formerly known as Twitter, for the latest flood updates.”

Flood warning and 8 flood alerts, including Don and Sheaf rivers, as Storm Babet hits

A flood warning has been issued and eight flood alerts are in place as Storm Babet continues to rage in Sheffield.

The city has been hit by heavy rain, which is forecast to continue until 9am on Saturday morning and has already caused flooding and travel disruption in many areas.

Endcliffe Park is among the areas expected to flood, with Kelham Island also among the most at-risk areas.

The Environment Agency has issued 42 flood warnings and 142 flood alerts across the UK, including a total of nine in the Sheffield area, with the River Don and the River Sheaf among them.

Flood warnings latest - where to see if you are affected

For more details on the latest flood warnings and alerts, and what to do if you are affected, visit: https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/alerts-and-warnings.

These are the areas  affected by flood alerts in Sheffield as of 10.15am on October 20, 2023 during Storm Babet. Image by Microsoft and TomTom.These are the areas  affected by flood alerts in Sheffield as of 10.15am on October 20, 2023 during Storm Babet. Image by Microsoft and TomTom.
These are the areas affected by flood alerts in Sheffield as of 10.15am on October 20, 2023 during Storm Babet. Image by Microsoft and TomTom. | Image by Microsoft and TomTom

Flooding on Treeton Lane as Storm Babet hits South Yorkshire

Flooding on Treeton Lane

The following roads are flooded

Bus operator First South Yorkshire has tweeted that the following roads in Sheffield are flooded and are affecting the following bus routes:

No. 76 - Due to flooding at Abbey Lane/Bocking Lane, services are diverted via Meadowhead roundabout, Greenhill Avenue and Bocking Lane in both directions.

No. 52A - Beaverhill Road is blocked due to flooding. Services will divert via Retford Road & Furnace Lane in both directions.

No. 18 - Due to flooding at Upwell Street buses will be using Jenking and Hollywell street in both directions.

X5 - Retford Road is currently blocked. Service towards Dinnington diverted via Beighton Road & Chesterfield Road. Service toward Sheffield diverted via Swallownest Crossroads Chesterfield Road, A57 & Beighton Road.

Photos coming in of flooded roads and rising water across Sheffield

Here are just some of the photos coming in today from across Sheffield of rising water and flooded roads.

This image shows how water is rising on the Rover Sheaf in Sheffield on October 20 during Storm Babet. A number of flood alerts have been issued.This image shows how water is rising on the Rover Sheaf in Sheffield on October 20 during Storm Babet. A number of flood alerts have been issued.
This image shows how water is rising on the Rover Sheaf in Sheffield on October 20 during Storm Babet. A number of flood alerts have been issued. | National World
This image shows how an area of Chesterfield Road in Sheffield has flooded this morning during Storm Babet.This image shows how an area of Chesterfield Road in Sheffield has flooded this morning during Storm Babet.
This image shows how an area of Chesterfield Road in Sheffield has flooded this morning during Storm Babet. | National World
An unsure dog contemplates flooding in Kiveton Community Woodland, Sheffield, during Storm Babet.An unsure dog contemplates flooding in Kiveton Community Woodland, Sheffield, during Storm Babet.
An unsure dog contemplates flooding in Kiveton Community Woodland, Sheffield, during Storm Babet. | National World

Rotherham Railway Station is now closed

Travel South Yorkshire has reported that Rotherham Railway Station is now closed due to flooding.

It is unclear if the flooding as affected the tracks, platforms or only roads nearby.

A tweet by the operator reads: "Rotherham Station is closed due to flooding. "Rail replacement is available at Meadowhall, which will run in both directions between Sheffield and Rotherham."

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