Heavy rainfall causes major disruption across Yorkshire but the weekend will bring 'some respite'

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Heavy rainfall has continued to cause disruption across Yorkshire but flood-hit communities are set to get some respite this weekend with drier weather conditions predicted.

There are 118 flood warnings in place covering much of England and parts of Wales following heavy rainfall on Thursday night.

Flooding in the village of Fishlake

Flooding in the village of Fishlake

The wet weather created travel disruption this morning, with many rail services in Yorkshire being delayed or cancelled.

But the Met Office is predicting better conditions over the weekend.

Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: "In a nutshell, not fantastic bright blue skies for the weekend, but in terms of rainfall it will be a much better picture.

"There will be a few showers knocking around, but nothing in terms of accumulations of rainfall like we've seen over the last week."

Flooding in the village of Fishlake

Flooding in the village of Fishlake

"Where we are at the moment in terms of much of the UK is that it's fairly dry and cloudy with a few scattered showers around.

"However, that's going to change later as we get a pulse of rain that's going to be moving in from the South East later on into parts of Kent and Sussex."

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Flooding in Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, caused disruption to rail networks on Friday morning, with TransPennine Express services between Sheffield and Scunthorpe being suspended.

Northern services between Doncaster and Goole were unable to run, with trains between Doncaster and Scunthorpe running at a reduced speed.

The A63, which runs from Leeds to Hull, was closed on Thursday night in the rainfall but reopened the following morning.

Deluged communities in Doncaster are still feeling the effects of this month's deluge, with the Environment Agency (EA) explaining how machines have been pumping 2.5 tonnes of water per second out of the village of Fishlake.

Army soldiers from the Light Dragoons have been working since Wednesday to lay down sandbags and firm up flood defences in the area, and in neighbouring Stainforth.

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The villages are two of the worst-hit in the floods, with some residents being forced to leave their homes.

The leaders of councils in Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Bassetlaw and Kirklees have written to Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick warning of "considerable and lasting damage" and urging more funding to help them cope with future flooding, the Guardian reported.

The paper said that around 1,800 homes and businesses had been affected by flooding in South Yorkshire.

On Friday morning, Martin Christmas from the EA warned that people had been trying to steal some of the pumps being used to help flooded homes in South Yorkshire.

He said: "A plea to anyone out there in the area who sees anyone suspicious, please get in touch with police.

"We don't want this to hamper our recovery effort in the Doncaster area."