Flash flooding has caught out homeowners and drivers causing chaos.

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Flooding clear up

Homeowners are clearing up after torrential rain caused flash flooding in several parts of Yorkshire last night. The M1 near Leeds was closed for a time and in Sheffield half an inch of rain fell in just an hour.

This afternoon, one flood alert is still in place on the River Foulness and Market Weighton Canal in East Yorkshire. Chris Kiddey reports.

Wakefield MP calls for action on floods

Mary Creagh MP, Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary, commenting on flooding today, said: "I pay tribute to our emergency services and everyone who has helped friends and neighbours deal with the devastation of the floods.

"People in flood-hit areas are finding it harder to get insurance and their premiums and excesses are going up. The Tory-led Government has cut investment in flood defences by 27 per cent and are failing to ensure flood insurance remains available to all."

The MP for Wakefield added: "There is a crisis looming on flood insurance that will leave many homes uninsurable, unmortgageable and unsellable."


Flooding: Warnings in place

The Environment Agency is warning of possible flooding on the River Foss from Stillington down to the River Ouse in York, including the Huntington Road area of the city.

There is also an alert in place on the River Foulness and the Market Weighton Canal in East Yorkshire


Floods: South Yorkshire fire service details

"South Yorkshire fire service has so far had 50 flooding related calls after heavy rain in South Yorkshire. Calls began just after 8.30pm in the Smithies, Athersley North and Athersley South areas of Barnsley. Further calls were received from north-west areas of Sheffield after 9.30pm.

Firefighters are being prioritised to life risk incidents. We are not able to pump out flooded properties. People who are concerned about flooding should move their valuables and pets to a higher floor of their house if possible, and turn off gas and electricity."

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