DOZENS of Christmas shoppers were trapped in Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre after floods – but is it open today?

The River Don burst its banks as torrential rain battered Sheffield, leaving roads closed and more than 100 flood warnings.


What happened at Meadowhall?

The centre was put on lockdown after the huge floods and about 30 customers trying to get a head start on their Christmas shopping had to stay inside for 14 hours.

Stranded shoppers shared images on social media of people who had to buy pjs and blankets to stay warm.

Other images showed people sleeping on benches and families dining the food hall.

Is Meadowhall open today?

A Meadowhall spokesman said: Meadowhall opened promptly at 10.00am this morning and our team is welcoming customers into the centre.

"Our customer care line 0114 235 4540 will remain open for those with queries."

Roads remained closed this morning but M1 towards Sheffield reopened by the afternoon.

Northern said there will be no services between Sheffield and Gainsborough Central, and Sheffield and Lincoln Central.

The railway company also added they will not be able to provide a rail replacement and have advised passengers not to travel.

Cars are still trapped in water after yesterday's "biblical" floods.

Darren Butt, of emergency contractors Streets Ahead, said: "The situation is not far from biblical, it is very frustrating for the traveller but we are dealing with a big volume of water, it is very slow and frustrating."

Sheffield City Council said 14 of its roads were closed due to flooding as of 7am, and urged drivers to take extra care.

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