Storm Franklin: Latest updates as Yorkshire hit by flooding

People are rescued from their caravans in Knaresborough as flooding overwhelms Rotherham station. Credit: PA/NorthernAssist

Roads are closed and people have been rescued from their homes after several rivers burst their banks across Yorkshire.

There are still more than 30 flood warnings across the region, meaning flooding is expected - all of the warnings can be found on the government's website.

Heavy rain led the River Don to burst its banks in the Sprotbrough area of Doncaster, prompting the closure of Rotherham Central Station after the tracks were submerged there. It is expected to stay closed until at least Tuesday.

There are also concerns at Fishlake- which was badly flooded in 2019 - where the River Don continued to overtop.

South Yorkshire Police said: “We ask people to remain away from the area of Sprotbrough Falls and Sprotbrough Lock in Doncaster after the River Don burst its banks in this location earlier [yesterday].

“Many of the footpaths in this area are presently underwater.

“The water is fast-flowing and poses a risk to people attempting to wade through it.

“Members of the public are being asked to remain away from the area at this time for their own safety. Thank you.”

The floodgates were closed at Meadowhall too after river levels surged there.

Ten residents from a caravan site in Knaresborough had to be evacuated from their homes last night. Credit: North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

In North Yorkshire, firefighters rescued people and their pets from a caravan park in Knaresborough after flooding from the River Nidd.

The water was measured 2.15 meters above normal levels with ten residents having to be evacuated from the site last night.

In 2015 after major flooding all homes next river were lifted 14 inches which has saved properties from being damaged this time around.

Flooding has also hit areas around the River Ouse in York. There are concerns the river could rise above its highest level on record, set back November 2000.

Flood defences, including pumps and sandbags, have been deployed to protect people from floodwaters in the area.

In West Yorkshire, work to build flood defences in Leeds remains at a standstill after equipment was washed down the River Aire.

And Armley Mills Bridge was damaged by a pontoon flowing down the river.

Tadcaster High Street flooded after the River Wharfe broke its banks last night. Credit: ITV News

Tadcaster High Street was underwater this morning after the River Wharfe broke its banks overnight.

Shops and homes have been flooded and the bridge connecting the two sides of the town has been closed with water blocking roads on both sides of the bridge.

Storm Franklin is causing widespread travel disruption:

  • Trains aren't running between Sheffield and Doncaster due to flooding on the line at Mexborough

  • Northern Rail customers are being urged not to travel on routes between Leeds and Manchester

  • Trains between Sheffield and Manchester are not running

  • There's advice not to travel on CrossCountry trains

  • The following stations are closed because of flooding: Rotherham Central station; Denaby & Thrybergh (no services able to operate from Swinton to/from Doncaster); Kirkstall (route blocked from Leeds to Ilkley and Shipley); Mirfield station (services unable to call)