Woman’s body recovered from floodwater as month’s rain falls in 24 hours

A woman has died after apparently being swept away by floodwater, as parts of the Midlands and northern England were battered by a month’s worth of rain in one day.

The body of the woman, who has not been identified, was recovered in Darley Dale, near Matlock, at around 10.40am on Friday, Derbyshire Police said.

She was reported to have been swept away by floodwater in Rowsley in the early hours, as much of the country was hit by torrential downpours.

The death came as the Environment Agency repeated warnings for people to stay away from swollen rivers, with residents describing the deluge as “almost biblical”.

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A young man gives a child a bottle of milk as his father pulls an inflatable boat they have been using to rescue residents trapped by floodwater in Doncaster, South Yorkshire (Danny Lawson/PA)

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.

Fire crews were called in to help guide people to safety, while rail and road users were warned against travelling on certain routes.

Elsewhere, shoppers spent a night stranded in Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre after all routes home were cut off by the floods.

Residents in Toll Bar, near the town of Doncaster, described Thursday’s downpour as “almost biblical”, while others made comparisons with deluges which devastated communities in the summer of 2007.

The Environment Agency reduced its number of flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected – to below the 100 mark by 11am on Friday, with forecasters predicting that the worst of the rain had been and gone.

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