Body of woman recovered from flood water in Darley Dale

Heavy flooding has occurred across northern England

Friday, November 8, 2019

The body of a woman has been recovered in Darley Dale after apparently being swept away by flood water, as the area was hit by a month's worth of rain in one day.

Derbyshire Police said emergency services were called to a stretch of the River Derwent, close to Matlock, in the early hours of this morning.

"The woman was reported as having been swept away by flood water in Rowsley and the body of what is believed to be the same woman was found in Darley Dale and was recovered at 10.40am.

"The family of the woman have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this time. Formal identification has yet to take place."

Almost 100 flood warnings remain in place across the north of England after the region was hit with heavy downpours overnight.

Yorkshire and the Midlands were the worst affected areas, with six severe "danger to life" warnings in place around the River Don as of 1pm.

The Environment Agency reduced the total number of flood warnings, which had previously stood at 118, to under 100 this morning.

And forecasters have predicted that the worst of the rain has been and gone.

Officials have warned locals to avoid swollen rivers, with residents describing the scenes as "almost biblical".

Last night, some shoppers spent the night at Sheffield's Meadowhall centre, sleeping on benches and chairs after gridlocked traffic left them unable to leave, while 35 homes were evacuated in Mansfield after a mudslide.

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