FLOODING: Bridgegate businesses badly hit - VIDEO
A clean-up operation is under way at The County pub, where the cellar is completely flooded (below), with water levels reaching the bar.
Landlady Bridgette Doyle said it started as a "trickle" at 11am yesterday and by 1.30pm “all hell broke out”.
Bridgette said she had “a little cry” — but is pleased her defibrillator fundraiser was last week and not tonight.
"I made the decision to close at 2pm," she said. "I live here so I was up all night with it. Two staff stayed with me until 8pm.
"The cellar is the size of the pub, everything is gone.
"Last week we had a charity Hallowe'en night for Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death) to get a defib. I'm so glad it was last week and not tonight."
Bridgette said she had been told by fellow publicans at The Bridge Inn and The Angel that they had also been badly hit.
Elsewhere in the town centre, University Centre Rotherham has cancelled graduation its ceremonies.