Residents in parts of England have been forced to evacuate their homes after areas suffered a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours.
As of Friday morning, the UK’s Environment Agency issued more than 100 flood warnings in the country’s north where “immediate action” is required, as well as five severe “danger to life” warnings.
According to Britain’s PA news agency, around 30 people were forced to seek refuge in a shopping mall in the city of Sheffield after they were left stranded because of gridlocked traffic.
“People are having to buy their own pajamas and quilts because of how cold and wet they are from the rain,” shopper Becky Laver told the BBC.
A spokesperson from the Meadowhall shopping mall said night staff, security and members of the management team supported those throughout the night who were stranded, according to PA.
Saskia Hazelwood, 17, was among those stranded after her train was cancelled, according to PA. She says she spoke to police and security who told her it was “unsafe to leave.”
“We instantly started panicking and when we found out there was no way of getting home, we went into Primark and all bought spare clothes and we bought food and drinks to keep us going throughout the night,” she said.
At the start we thought it would be fun, a nice sleepover, something to certainly remember, but after 14 hours of being stranded in Meadowhall we just couldn’t wait to get home, get into our own beds, feel safe again and catch up on sleep.”