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Dozens of people have spent the night in a shopping centre in Sheffield after torrential downpours flooded the city’s streets.

People bedded down on benches and chairs in the Meadowhall centre, while others tried throughout the night to get home in cars or taxis.

A major incident was declared in Sheffield as rain continued overnight.

Elsewhere, in Rotherham firefighters rescued people by boat who were stranded in the Parkgate centre.

People are being told to evacuate their homes in the villages of Old Kirk Sandall and Sandal Grove near Doncaster after the River Don burst its banks.

There are three severe flood warnings – meaning a danger to life – in place along the River Don.

More than 100 flood warnings remain in place, mostly in the north of England, with the rain causing serious disruption to roads and rail services.

The Environment Agency said a number of high volume pumps were being used to move water away from homes in Catcliffe in Rotherham.

Sheffield City Council said several major roads from Derbyshire to Sheffield remained closed. Read more

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