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A SEVERE flood warning has been issued as forecasters said up to a month’s rain could fall over 24 hours - with South Yorkshire to bear the brunt of it.

Sheffield is on “Amber alert” with the Met Office warning torrential rain is on the way.

The Environment Agency urged communities to be prepared for flooding as two bands of very heavy rain were set to cross the UK on Friday and into Saturday.

Up to two inches of rain is expected, with flash flooding feared where drains and rivers have been saturated from weeks of rain.

Flood alerts have been issued for the River Don, from Penistone to Kelham Island, the River Sheaf and Porter Brook, Blackburn Brook, from High Green to Meadowhall, including Charlton Brook, Ecclesfield Brook and Whitley Brook.

Flooding disrupted some train services between Sheffield and Manchester last night and events are being cancelled across the region.

Ironically, Cliffhanger, a celebration of outdoor activities, has been hit - some of it has been cancelled, although the British Bouldering Championships are still going ahead at the event in Graves Park, this Saturday and Sunday.

Sharrow Festival is cancelled due to the Mount Pleasant Park festival site being unusable for vehicles and the public.

A Vintage Vehicle Rally at Wortley Hall near Sheffield on Sunday has been cancelled due to ground conditions

High Hopes Community Group was forced to cancel High Green Fun Day due to the wet weather. The group hopes to hold it later in the year.

Chapeltown Gala, scheduled to take place at Chapeltown Park, was called off after the bad weather left the ground unsuitable. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 18.

Ridgeway Carnival, due to take place tomorrow, but has been called off after weeks of rain left the site waterlogged.

The event had been due to take place at Ridgeway Sports and Social Club.

Organiser Chris Jackson said: “We would like to reorganise the carnival for a different date, but it has to stop raining first.”

Another casualty is MFEST, the region’s star-studded two day music festival, which was due to take place at Harewood House, near Leeds.

Organisers cancelled that due to health and safety concerns because of the ‘adverse weather’ and warnings of worse to come.

Music in the Gardens is still due to take place tonight.

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The Environment Agency has warned flooding could be the worst of the year so far and heavy rain has already begun to hit parts of East Anglia and the East Midlands.

It follow s the wettest April and June in the UK since records began in 1910.

Two bands of heavy rain are expected to hit on Friday and early Saturday, with transport links and properties potentially affected.

Between 20mm to 40mm of rain is expected to fall in central and northern areas of England.

Over the weekend, further heavy rain is forecast for parts of northern England and central and southern Scotland which will again introduce the risk of localised flooding.

Yorkshire, the North East, the Midlands and East Anglia are likely to take the brunt of the severe weather, the Environment Agency said.

Craig Woolhouse, head of flood incident management at the Environment Agency, said: “We are expecting some very significant flooding in the coming days across large parts of the country and would strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on the forecasts for their area and be prepared for flooding.

“We would also ask that people stay safe, by keeping out of dangerous flood water and not attempting to walk or drive through it.

“The Environment Agency has already opened incident rooms and has teams out on the ground checking on flood defences and clearing any blockages in order to reduce the risk of flooding as much as possible.”

Nick Prebble, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the Press Association’s weather division, said one indication was that up to 100mm (3.9 inches) could fall over central and southern England in a 24 hour period but it was likely to be less.

He said: “There is quite a large area of rain edging in from south-east England and making its way westwards through the course of today. Much of England and Wales will be affected by rain.”

The Met Office issued an amber weather warning - the second highest, and meaning “be prepared”.

For updates call the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

Sheffield is on “Amber alert” with the Met Office warning torrential rain is on the way.

The Environment Agency urged communities to be prepared for flooding as two bands of very heavy rain were set to cross the UK on Friday and into Saturday.

Up to two inches of rain is expected, with flash flooding feared where drains and rivers have been saturated from weeks of rain.

Flood alerts have been issued for the River Don, from Penistone to Kelham Island, the River Sheaf and Porter Brook, Blackburn Brook, from High Green to Meadowhall, including Charlton Brook, Ecclesfield Brook and Whitley Brook.

Flooding disrupted some train services between Sheffield and Manchester last night and events are being cancelled across the region.

A Vintage Vehicle Rally at Wortley Hall near Sheffield this sunday has been cancelled due to ground conditions

Another casualty is MFEST, the region’s star-studded two day music festival, which was due to take place at Harewood House, near Leeds.

Organisers cancelled that due to health and safety concerns because of the ‘adverse weather’ and warnings of worse to come.

Music in the Gardens is taking place at the Botanical Gardens and Cliffhanger organisers say their two-day event will go ahead at Graves park - it’s a celebration of the great outdoors.

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The Environment Agency has warned flooding could be the worst of the year so far and heavy rain has already begun to hit parts of East Anglia and the East Midlands.

It follow s the wettest April and June in the UK since records began in 1910.

Two bands of heavy rain are expected to hit on Friday and early Saturday, with transport links and properties potentially affected.

Between 20mm to 40mm of rain is expected to fall in central and northern areas of England.

Over the weekend, further heavy rain is forecast for parts of northern England and central and southern Scotland which will again introduce the risk of localised flooding.

Yorkshire, the North East, the Midlands and East Anglia are likely to take the brunt of the severe weather, the Environment Agency said.

Craig Woolhouse, head of flood incident management at the Environment Agency, said: “We are expecting some very significant flooding in the coming days across large parts of the country and would strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on the forecasts for their area and be prepared for flooding.

“We would also ask that people stay safe, by keeping out of dangerous flood water and not attempting to walk or drive through it.

“The Environment Agency has already opened incident rooms and has teams out on the ground checking on flood defences and clearing any blockages in order to reduce the risk of flooding as much as possible.”

Nick Prebble, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the Press Association’s weather division, said one indication was that up to 100mm (3.9 inches) could fall over central and southern England in a 24 hour period but it was likely to be less.

He said: “There is quite a large area of rain edging in from south-east England and making its way westwards through the course of today. Much of England and Wales will be affected by rain.”

The Met Office issued an amber weather warning - the second highest, and meaning “be prepared”.

For updates call the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188.