FLOODING: Graduations disrupted and Rother Valley Country Park closed

STUDENTS will have to wait to celebrate their hard work after University Centre Rotherham postponed today's scheduled graduation ceremonies due to flooding.
The River Rother at Rother Valley Country ParkThe River Rother at Rother Valley Country Park
The River Rother at Rother Valley Country Park

The university tweeted that official advice from police and the local authority was not to travel to Rotherham unless absolutely essential.

Despite our very best efforts to enable the Graduation ceremonies to go ahead today we have been left with no option but to sadly cancel.

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— University Centre Rotherham (@RotherhamUni) November 8, 2019

Many roads in the borough are flooded after yesterday's heavy rainfall and there are 25 live flood warnings and alerts in Rotherham.

Rother Valley Country Park said it was closed today and being used for its "emergency purpose" to control water levels.

It warned people to stay away from the area until water levels drop.

We are closed this morning due to the park being used for its emergency purpose of flood control. Please stay away from the area until the water levels drop. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/SqeD9eypif

— Rother Valley Country Park (@RotherValley) November 8, 2019

Firefighters rescued more than 100 people across the region overnight.

Forge Island Car Park is now clear of floodwater but is closed today. 

Nearby, the old Liquid car park, on Main Street, is also closed and three vehicles have been submerged in the floodwater. 

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