Woman dies in Derbyshire as floods sweep northern England

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2019

Her body was tragically recovered from flood water in Darley Dale, following reports that someone had been swept away by the rising waters.

A number of houses were evacuated after they were inundated in the village of Whiston, near Rotherham, and, in Sheffield, the council closed Millhouses Park, where a 14-year-old boy was swept to his death in the River Sheaf during the devastating floods in the city in 2007.

Later on Thursday, South Yorkshire Police declared there were "significant issues" in Doncaster, with Bentley, Toll Bar and Scawthorpe the worst affected areas.

The United Kingdom issued more than 100 flood warnings on Friday, with residents in parts of northern England advised to evacuate their homes amid concern that lives were in danger after deluges brought a month's rainfall in less than 24 hours.


"People's cars were getting submerged in the water, gardens were ruined, you couldn't drive anywhere".

On Friday, the floods claimed the life of a woman who was swept into the River Derwent at Rowsley in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Police said her family had been informed and formal identification was yet to take place.

"I just can't believe how deep the water has got".


There was gridlock at Sheffield's Meadowhall Shopping Centre, also flooded in 2007, after it cancelled its Christmas Live event which was expected to be attended by thousands of people on Thursday evening.

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

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

Severe flood warnings and rail cancellations remain in areas of England flooded after a month's worth of rain fell in a single day.


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