Page last updated at 06:41 GMT, Thursday, 11 June 2009 07:41 UK

Flooded areas warned of more rain


Heavy downpours in the Sheffield area have blocked roads and caused at least two school closures.

Flood warnings remain in force for parts of northern England after torrential rain poured into homes and caused gridlock on the roads.

Wednesday's downpours in Sheffield and parts of Derbyshire closed roads and a railway line, causing havoc for commuters and the emergency services.

Factory workers were also rescued in Dronfield, north Derbyshire, when floodwaters cut their building off.

Less severe showers were expected in parts of the country on Thursday.

The Environment Agency had flood warnings in force for areas near the River Doe Lea in north Derbyshire.

There were also flood watches in place for areas running along the River Rother in South Yorkshire. The county's River Don was given the all clear early on Thursday.

Wednesday's scenes brought back memories of the summer floods which devastated Sheffield in June 2007.

But firefighters said the floods were due to the city's drainage system becoming saturated, rather than the River Don breaking its banks as it did two years ago.

Situation 'difficult'

Torrential downpours hit Sheffield and surrounding areas, affected a number of major roads.

Council workers were preparing sandbags to help those buildings most seriously hit, including All Saints Catholic High School, in Granville Road, and Sheffield College's Old Castle College site.

Properties in the Swallownest, Aston, City Road, the Manor estate and the city centre also saw up to eight inches of water, the fire service said.

A spokesman said: "We have had an enormous amount of calls. The situation is difficult but we are coping. It is certainly not as bad as last time."

The railway line between Chesterfield and Sheffield was also closed with services being diverted.

Passengers have been told to expect up to 60-minute delays to their journeys.

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