Woman dies as downpours bring floods across central and northern England

A woman was found dead in flood water on Friday after severe storms brought a month's rainfall in less than 24 hours to parts of central and northern England.

Police said the woman's body had been found near a stretch of the River Derwent near the town of Darley Dale in Derbyshire.

"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," police said in a statement.

Dozens of people were trapped in a shopping centre in the city of Sheffield overnight after becoming stranded by rising waters and about 100 others were rescued from a nearby mall by firefighters in dinghies.

The greatest concern was for homes in six areas around the River Don near the town of Doncaster where water levels reached dangerous record highs.

Residents were initially warned to immediately evacuate although the local authority later advised them to instead remain vigilant.

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Fire and Rescue service members pull an inflatable boat that has been used to rescue residents trapped by floodwater in in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
People pull an inflatable boat as they wade through floodwater past houses in a flooded street in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash floods the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman (R) stands behind sandbags blocking floodwater from entering a house in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman wades through floodwater as she crosses a flooded road in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman stands behind sandbags blocking floodwater from entering a house in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman is pulled from an inflatable boat that has been used to rescue residents trapped by floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: A man hitches a ride out of flood waters on the back of a lorry after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: An abandoned car stands in flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: A man drives through flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Men wade through flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: A man checks a car abandoned in flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: An abandoned car stands in flood waters after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: An abandoned car stands in flood waters after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Workers are transported by members of the Fire and Rescue Service to check on their business after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
Residents walk through floodwater in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Motorists travel through floodwaters in Rotherham, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, - NOVEMBER 08: Men are rescued from flood waters by members of the Fire and Rescue Service after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
Debris floats in the courtyard of The Boat Inn at the village of Sprotborough in Doncaster, northern England, on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day.. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
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, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Andrew Hall carries his six year-old daughter Lillie-Mai through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Teenagers ride their bikes through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Workers walk through flood water as they leave Centurion House in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A person walks through flood water on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Workers inspect flooded rail tracks at Rotherham train station in Rotherham, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding yesterday. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A member of the Fire and Rescue service wades through flood water as he passes an abandoned car on a flooded road Rotherham, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding yesterday. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM - NOVEMBER 08: A bed in the window of a shop stands in flood waters after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
A man with car in a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
Handout photo of a delivery lorry stuck in flood water at Coston Ford, Leicestershire, after torrential rain in the area.
A man cycles through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 7, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
A man with car in a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A person wades through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A man wades through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A car passing through a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A man walks through a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A man tries to unblock a drain on a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A car passing through a flooded road in Dore, Derbyshire after torrential rain in the area.
A car passing through a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
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There were more than 150 alerts in other areas of the country where the Environment Agency cautioned that flooding was either expected or possible.

The torrential rain also brought widespread travel disruption with some rail operators issuing a "do not travel" advice to passengers in places around Sheffield and other affected areas while many roads were also closed.

"Awful to see the terrible flooding across the North of England," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter. "Thank you to the emergency staff & volunteers helping families through this difficult time."

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