Public urged to stay away from swollen rivers amid extensive flooding in the UK

epa06691919 Pedestrians wrap up in the rain and cold weather in London, Britain, 25 April 2018. Cold temperatures are expected to return to much of Britain following soaring temperatures last week. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

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The Environment Agency is urging people to stay away from swollen rivers as torrential downpours continue to flood parts of northern England.

Northern Rail has issued “do not travel” advice for customers on several routes – with flooding closing lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln, and Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria.

Some 110 flood warnings – meaning immediate action is required – are in place, most of them in Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

Residents in affected areas have been told that homes and businesses could flood, fast-flowing water could endanger lives, and some communities could be cut off.

In Mansfield, 35 homes were evacuated as a precaution after a mudslide – and at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre near Sheffield, hundreds of people were kept inside because of gridlocked traffic.

Via Sky News

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