Woman dies in Derbyshire as floods sweep northern England

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2019

Emergency service workers in Derbyshire county, south of Sheffield, recovered a body near the River Derwent after reports of a woman being swept away by floodwater.

The death came as the Environment Agency repeated warnings for people to stay away from swollen rivers.

We want to hear how you have been affected and how you are coping. "We advise people who seek refuge with family and friends".

Floods hit the city of Sheffield, where the River Don overflowed after 3.4 inches (85 mm) of rain fell on Thursday.

"At the start we thought it would be fun, a nice sleepover, something to certainly remember, but after 14 hours of being stranded in Meadowhall we just couldn't wait to get home, get into our own beds, feel safe again, and catch up on sleep".

The average monthly rainfall total for Yorkshire for November is 89mm.

"You can not underestimate the psychological effect of flooding on people - it is a big, big blow".

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Matlock on Friday and said: "People have been moved out of their homes and probably hundreds of businesses have seen damage to their properties".

He added: "There needs to be an inquiry into these floods and what more should be done to protect communities from the growing risks of flooding".

"Residents in these areas are advised to evacuate immediately", said the Doncaster Council. You were just looking out of your window in disbelief at how much of it was coming down.

The South Yorkshire Fire Service said Friday it had fielded 1,200 emergency calls and rescued 120 people during the floods.

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said: "I think the most important thing is that the areas which have been affected by floods should avoid rain and get some respite".

During the visit, Mr Johnson said the widespread flooding across the United Kingdom "is not looking like something we need to escalate to the level of a national emergency".

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