Seven severe flood warnings remain in place in South Yorkshire in areas along the River Don, with a potential danger to life.
Forty-one further warnings of floods requiring immediate action, were also in place as water levels remained high in flooded communities and travel continued to be disrupted.
Hundreds of homes were flooded in the village of Fishlake by the River Don, which is accessible only by boat. Cars in Sheffield remained submerged on Sunday morning, roads were still closed and many trains cancelled in parts of the East Midlands because of flooded train tracks.
In some areas, such as along the River Trent in Nottinghamshire, water levels were still rising, despite a marked improvement in weather conditions across the country after a month’s worth of rain fell in only a few hours on Friday.
According to the Met Office, Sheffield had 84mm of rain in just over 36 hours, almost the equivalent of the average monthly rainfall in all of Yorkshire.
Pam Webb, who lives in Fishlake and runs a spa hotel there, told the BBC her house and business had been flooded and the situation in her community was “absolutely devastating”. She said it would be impossible to estimate the cost of the damage.
Webb said Doncaster council had not attended evacuation sites, was not communicating with affected people and rescue crews were hampered in their efforts because they did not know the local area.
“Why has Doncaster council not been in attendance to at least help with the evacuation of elderly and vulnerable people?” Webb asked. The council was contacted for comment.
Derbyshire and South Yorkshire have been worst affected by the floods, which already claimed the life of a woman, who was swept away in Darley Dale early on Friday.
Boris Johnson, the prime minister, was criticised for declaring the floods “not like something we need to escalate to the level of a national emergency” in comments made during a visit to Matlock, a Derbyshire town that was hit by the floods.
The Met Office has forecast a largely dry Sunday, except for a few showers affecting the eastern coasts of England and Scotland, before “blustery showers” reach the west by Monday morning.
The Environment Agency said water levels at the River Don had peaked in most places and were receding, but warned of more wet weather that “rivers may respond quickly to” on Monday and asked people to sign up to flood warnings.
Northern rail warned that flooding disruption in South Yorkshire may continue until Tuesday morning in some areas and a significant amount of work is required before the tracks are cleared for trains. It added that while flooding in the area continued to subside, tracks in several locations remained under water, with debris and damage surfacing as the flood waters drain.
Customers were advised not to travel on the Doncaster to Scunthorpe route or between Sheffield and Goole, and Sheffield and Doncaster, with no estimate as to when these routes will reopen. The Sheffield to Leeds line via Moorthorpe will not call at Rotherham until further notice.