DOZENS of trapped shoppers were forced to by Primark pjs to spend the night sleeping in Sheffield's Meadowhall centre amid flooding chaos.
The River Don burst its banks yesterday as torrential rain battered Sheffield, leaving roads closed and more than 100 flood warnings.
The centre was put on lockdown and about 30 customers trying to get a head start on their Christmas shopping had to stay inside.
Stranded shoppers shared images on social media of people who had to buy pjs from Primark and blankets to stay warm.
Other images showed people sleeping on benches and families dining the food hall.
Saskia Hazelwood, 17, from Doncaster, said she was trapped for 14 hours inside the shopping centre.
She bought pjs from Primark and stayed in the food hall until she was able to leave at 7am this morning.
She said: "When we got to Meadowhall it was very hectic and we heard about the flooding and saw the river about to burst.
"Our trains were then cancelled so we went to get food, then spoke to the police and security and they told us it was unsafe to leave and there was no way of getting in or out.
"So we instantly started panicking and, when we found out there was no way of getting home, we went into Primark and all bought spare clothes and we bought food and drinks to keep us going throughout the night.
"We were in M&S for a while on the sofas until they closed the store, and we were then moved to the Oasis food quarter. We were there until 7am."
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