Woman's body recovered after being swept away by flood water in North East Derbyshire

Joe GampContributor, Yahoo News UK
A woman's body has been recovered from floodwater in Derbyshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours (PA)
A woman's body has been recovered from floodwater in Derbyshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours (PA)

The body of a woman has been recovered from flood water in North East Derbyshire after torrential rain and flooding swept through the north of England.

The discovery was made after reports of someone being swept away by the River Derwent in Rowsley on Friday morning, Derbyshire Police said.

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The tragedy came as a month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours in some parts of England.

A month's worth of rain fell in just 24 hours in Derbyshire (PA)
A month's worth of rain fell in just 24 hours in Derbyshire (PA)

Matlock, a region that has been flooded by torrential rain., saw more than 240 flood warnings issued.

A statement from the force read: "The body of a woman has been recovered from flood water in Darley Dale.

"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.

"Emergency services were called to a stretch of the River Derwent in Darley Dale, close to Matlock, in the early hours of this morning.

People have been forced to evacuate their homes while travel plans were thrown into chaos (PA)
People have been forced to evacuate their homes while travel plans were thrown into chaos (PA)

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

A spokeswoman for the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said: “We received a call at 7.14am on 8 November to Darley Dale.

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"We sent a Hazardous Area Response Team, two paramedics in a fast response car, an ambulance and a Fire First Responder.”

Residents in communities across northern England have been subjected to the “almost biblical” weather to have struck over the last 24 hours.

Handout photo issued by Mike Saqui showing flooding in Belper, Derbyshire (PA)
Handout photo issued by Mike Saqui showing flooding in Belper, Derbyshire (PA)

People have been forced from their homes, while shoppers sought sanctuary in a shopping centre overnight and travel routes remain majorly disrupted.

Yorkshire and the Midlands were the worst affected areas, with six severe “danger to life” warnings in place following Thursday’s torrential downpour.

Handout photo issued by Mike Saqui showing flooding in Belper, Derbyshire, after the river Derwent bursts its banks (PA)
Handout photo issued by Mike Saqui showing flooding in Belper, Derbyshire, after the river Derwent bursts its banks (PA)

South Yorkshire fire and rescue service received nearly 1,200 emergency calls within 24 hours.

The service confirmed it had rescued more than 120 people.

A man in high visibility overalls carries a woman through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours (PA)
A man in high visibility overalls carries a woman through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours (PA)

Sheffield, one of the worst affected areas, has experienced the dangerous conditions since Thursday, with roads being turned into rivers and many routes becoming impassable due to flood water.

Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: "Awful to see the terrible flooding across the North of England.

“Thank you to the emergency staff & volunteers helping families through this difficult time. Pls follow Met Office for updates in your area or call the flood hotline: 0345 988 1188."

The Environment Agency reduced its number of flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected – to below the 100 mark by 11am on Friday.

Forecasters predict the worst of the rain has been and gone.

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