Three Dead, Hundreds Trapped in Yorkshire Flooding

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  1. macrumors G4

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    News reports are currently showing on BBC News 24 with the current situation in the north of England. There are apparently over 300 people trapped in Sheffield's Meadowhall Centre, andother 300 trapped in industrial parks across Sheffield, Chesterfield and Rotherham are virtually underwater and Hull is also bearing the brunt of being below sea level. So far only one death, but it's still raining, the RAF are winching people to safety and thousands of motorists are trapped in their cars by rising floodwaters.

    Scary stuff eh?

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    Update : Changed title as death count rises
     
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    Firstly... Humberside?! We're East Yorkshire I'll have you know! :mad: ;)

    No, things aren't good here. We left work early due to roads being closed across lunchtime and the early afternoon, and the drive home which normally takes fifteen minutes ended up taking about an hour-and-a-half due to traffic and flooded roads, followed by a charming stroll through some ankle deep water.

    Some of the streets near the House of Orange™ are under a couple of feet of water – luckily, we're still dry although the fire brigade have pumping equipment dealing with a scarily large pool of water that's cut off the junction at the bottom of our street. Scary stuff indeed.

    And yes, it's still raining, as it has been all day – the weather fella on the telly reckons it'll stop in the early hours, though.

    It hasn't bothered our brave posties, mind. :)

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    First thing I thought of, when I read this stuff, was:

    I wonder how the Jaffas are?


    Glad to see you're still here!
     
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    Well, I can't go out to the pub, can I? :p

    All those flooded cellars, all that ruined ale... it's enough to make you weep. :(
     
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    I'm worried about Boobs now. It would be just his luck to get caught in this.

    And it's now saying that the river through Leeds just burst its banks flooding an extra 70-odd houses with villages right through the Don Valley also washed out.
     
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    We haven't had it too bad here on the other side of the Pennines (though - if you're going off historical references we're in the West Riding of Yorkshire :p ). It was raining like mad before, then it stopped. Then the wind picked up. Now it's just cloudy and still.

    Crappy weather :(
     
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    Ah, Boobs was my second thought!
     
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    Indeed – I think we got the worst of it earlier today, but this evening it's Leeds and South Yorkshire which are really being hit. Doesn't he live on top of a hill or something? I hope he's okay – perhaps he's off looting the Meadowhall Apple Store? ;)
     
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    One more death confirmed, suspected to be a 13-year old boy that was reported swept away earlier this evening :(
     
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    Tragic news. There was another young lad who got swept away earlier – in this instance though rescuers were able to fish him out, thankfully.

    Meanwhile, someone was just on the news – trapped in an office but otherwise safe, dry and with access to food – moaning that they've only had three Sea King helicopters sent to winch them to safety... :rolleyes:
     
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    Of course they're taking Friday off to recover :rolleyes:
    Boobs are never far from my first thought too.


    On a serious note: The story of the guy drowning with his foot stuck in a drain grille sounded horrific. I can imagine someone drowning being awful, but having them drown in rising waters with a rescue going on around them with divers etc. must be worse somehow.
     
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    Yeah, its still raining here. Been raining for over 6 hours straight. I live basically slap-bang in the middle of North Yorkshire too :(. Luck I live on a hill!

    EDIT: Theres also an Apple Store in the Meadow Hall, so at least they'll have something to do ;)
     
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    I know. Apparently he was only out in it because he was trying to clear the drain to help his grandfather – if he hadn't tried to help out he'd still be alive now.

    It must be terrible for the emergency services in that situation, too – they spent hours in those conditions trying to save him, and had to watch as he died in front of them in spite of their efforts. Terrible.

    EDIT: On a more positive note... it's stopped raining here. :)
     
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    That's terrible. Do you have a link to that news story?
     
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    Wow. That's very tragic.

    Why couldn't they give the man a tube to breath through, or since matters were so dire, amputate the leg?
     
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    They gave him a tube and he was on that for quite a while apparently, but in the end he lost consciousness – bear in mind that he'd been in filthy, freezing cold water for several hours and I think it just took its toll on his body. Apparently several of the rescue workers were themselves on the verge of hypothermia and they would have been better kitted out than the poor lad.

    EDIT: They've just discussed this incident on Sky News, and it was mentioned that amputation would have been impossible due to the position of his leg and the powerful flow of the water.
     
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    Tragic indeed. Even more than being sensitized by Katrina, being part of MR has made me keenly aware of events affecting our "community". Hope you guys are drying out.
     
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    Tragic. Reminds me of the little girl Omayra Sanchez trapped in Columbia back in 1985. What a terrible way to die.

    And I just booked a ferrycrossing to the uk and plan to go camping with my family in the yorkshire dales. Can you teach a 3 year old how to swim in 2 weeks? Or should we stay behind the dykes back in our frog country?
     
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    Well, I’m sat at my desk at work because I’m hardcore, me. :p

    I’ve just been speaking to a chap who I had a meeting arranged with this afternoon, and his business is completely flooded out. Not good at all.
     
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    yeah right, you're just trapped and can't go home to mrs. jaffa anymore
     
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    Pulled on your waders and made it in then? Well done you. Can't imagine they'll be too many people doing the same up there this morning.
     
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    Nah, bus. Had some crazy detours though, and abandoned vehicles were everywhere. Blitz spirit, and all that. :p
     
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    how deep is the water up there still?
    i can't remember hearing about flooding there in the past, so is it common, or did this come out of nowhere?

    wish you all the best of luck, horrible situation to be in.
    *thinks positive thoughts*
     

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