UK weather: Woman dies after being swept away by floodwater, as more than a month of rain hits

Samuel Osborne
Cars sit in floodwater in the centre of Rotherham: Jon Super/REUTERS

A woman has died after being swept away by flood water in Derbyshire as parts of England were overwhelmed with a month’s worth of rain over 24 hours.

Derbyshire Police said the woman's body was recovered on Friday.

A spokesperson said: "Emergency services were called to a stretch of the River Derwent in the early hours of this morning after a woman was reported as having been swept away by flood water."

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

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

Residents on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster were having to be rescued from their homes by boats on Friday as waist-high water filled the street.

Parts of South Yorkshire remain most at-risk, with six severe warnings around the River Don predicting properties and roads face further flooding.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said they rescued more than 100 stranded people on Thursday night, with around 500 calls to its control room between 10pm and 4am.

Elsewhere, around 30 people sought refuge in the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield due to gridlocked traffic outside, as the extreme weather conditions meant those turning up for the Christmas lights switch-on were left stranded.

Parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands experienced their wettest day in years and travel disruption is expected to follow Thursday’s downpour.

Sheffield was particularly badly hit during flooding in summer 2007, which saw millions of pounds spent on prevention schemes.

Yet it again saw dramatic scenes on Thursday, with a number of roads left impassable to traffic, cars stranded in floodwater and gridlock resulting on many routes.

There were more than 30 flood warnings in place for Nottinghamshire, though none were near Sutton-in-Ashfield where Boris Johnson visited on his campaign trail on Friday.

An additional 35 homes in Mansfield were evacuated as a precaution after a mudslide in the area, while residents in around 25 homes in Worksop were also ordered to flee due to the risk of flooding.

And in Lincolnshire, the River Witham had risen so much residents said they were able to see swans swimming up to the edge of their properties.

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