Downpours bring flooding misery as election campaigning continues in the rain

Homes have been evacuated and roads flooded following torrential rain across central and northern parts of England on Thursday.

Thirty-five homes were cleared out as a precaution in Mansfield after a mudslide in the area while customers were kept inside Meadowhall Shopping centre near Sheffield due to gridlocked traffic outside.

The weather has also caused train services to be cancelled and Northern Rail issued a "do not travel" warning to commuters using three routes, saying flooding had closed the lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln and Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria.

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Fire and Rescue service members pull an inflatable boat that has been used to rescue residents trapped by floodwater in in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
People pull an inflatable boat as they wade through floodwater past houses in a flooded street in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash floods the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman (R) stands behind sandbags blocking floodwater from entering a house in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman wades through floodwater as she crosses a flooded road in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman stands behind sandbags blocking floodwater from entering a house in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman is pulled from an inflatable boat that has been used to rescue residents trapped by floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: A man hitches a ride out of flood waters on the back of a lorry after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: An abandoned car stands in flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: A man drives through flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Men wade through flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: A man checks a car abandoned in flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: An abandoned car stands in flood waters after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: An abandoned car stands in flood waters after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Workers are transported by members of the Fire and Rescue Service to check on their business after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
Residents walk through floodwater in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Motorists travel through floodwaters in Rotherham, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, - NOVEMBER 08: Men are rescued from flood waters by members of the Fire and Rescue Service after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
Debris floats in the courtyard of The Boat Inn at the village of Sprotborough in Doncaster, northern England, on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day.. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A man in high visibility overalls carries a woman through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Andrew Hall carries his six year-old daughter Lillie-Mai through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Teenagers ride their bikes through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Workers walk through flood water as they leave Centurion House in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A person walks through flood water on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Workers inspect flooded rail tracks at Rotherham train station in Rotherham, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding yesterday. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A member of the Fire and Rescue service wades through flood water as he passes an abandoned car on a flooded road Rotherham, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding yesterday. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM - NOVEMBER 08: A bed in the window of a shop stands in flood waters after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
A man with car in a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
Handout photo of a delivery lorry stuck in flood water at Coston Ford, Leicestershire, after torrential rain in the area.
A man cycles through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 7, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
A man with car in a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A person wades through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A man wades through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A car passing through a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A man walks through a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A man tries to unblock a drain on a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A car passing through a flooded road in Dore, Derbyshire after torrential rain in the area.
A car passing through a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
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By 9pm on Thursday, the Environment Agency has issued 98 flood warnings, mainly in the Yorkshire region, and 116 flood alerts.

Nottinghamshire Police said officers were called to Bank End Close in Mansfield alongside the fire service and Mansfield District Council just before 5pm on Thursday following concerns for the safety of people living in the houses.

Sheffield was one of the worst-hit places with a number of roads left impassable to traffic, cars stranded in floodwater and gridlock resulting on many routes.

Concerns have been raised about the levels of rivers running through the city, with the city council closing Millhouses Park, where a 14-year-old boy was swept to his death in the River Sheaf during the devastating floods in the city in 2007.

The Meadowhall Shopping Centre, which was also flooded in 2007, said its Christmas Live event, was forced to cancel its Christmas Live event which was expected to be attended by thousands of people on Thursday evening.

It said in a statement: "Due to the adverse weather and the subsequent impact on the public transport it is with regret that the Christmas Live event has been cancelled."

Trams were also stopped short of the complex by the M1 motorway due to "heavy rain putting the Tinsley tram bridge at risk".

The firm said that roads are also closed in the corresponding areas, meaning "customers should not attempt to travel".

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for heavy rain until 6am on Friday for an area between Sheffield, Manchester and Bradford.

It has also issued yellow warnings for surrounding regions as it said almost 40mm of rain had fallen in the Sheffield area between midnight and noon on Thursday.

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Forecaster Craig Snell said it could be that the total hits 100mm by Friday morning.

Further north, concerns were growing in the Calder valley as river levels began to rise on Thursday. Precautionary flood barriers were put in place in Mytholmroyd, which was badly hit in the 2015 Boxing Day floods.

Chris Wilding, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: "Heavy rain could lead to surface water and river flooding across parts of northern England today and into tomorrow, particularly in parts of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, and Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

"Persistent showers may also bring localised river and surface water flooding to parts of southern England today and tomorrow.

"Our incident rooms are open and we are working closely with local authorities and partners to reduce the risk of flooding. Our field teams are ready to deploy temporary flood barriers to help protect people and property if needed.

"We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car."

But despite the deluge of rain, General Election campaigning has continued unaffected.

Key speeches from John McDonnell and Sajid Javid took place in Liverpool and Manchester, dodging the epicentre of the relentless downpours on the other side of the Pennines.

A number of MPs took to social media to log their sodden campaigning efforts, remembering the election itself will take place in dark and wet December for the first time in almost a century.

Labour's Andrew Gwynne said on Twitter: "Why does it always rain on me? The weather is against us in Audenshaw this morning, but the response is (thankfully) not!"

Another Labour candidate, Lilian Greenwood in Nottingham South, posted a picture of an ark with the comment: "Looks like we might be needing one of these for today's campaigning! #Rain."

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