Derbyshire flooding: Woman swept away in horror flood as river bursts its banks on Derwent

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A WOMAN has tragically died after becoming submerged in floodwater.

Parts of England were hit with a month’s worth of rain in just one day. The woman’s body was found hours after she was swept into Derbyshire’s River Derwent. Whilst visiting the area, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We need to prepare and we need to be investing in defences.

Heavy rains caused the river to burst its banks.

According to the BBC, the woman was reported to have been swept away in Rowsely before her body was found about two miles away in Darley Dale.

Derbyshire Police have informed the family but formal identification is believed to have not taken place.

Mark Hopkinson witnessed attempts to find the woman, and said: “We saw a little drone go up and the coastguard helicopter came, and that was then circling, hovering over some trees.”

The Environment Agency issued six severe flood warnings for locations on the River Don which flows through Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster.

Fran Lowe from he agency said: “Respond immediately and get out of any place affected by a severe flood warning.”

Mr Lowe urged residents to take the threats seriously as they “represent a threat to life”.

The Don has hit its highest recored level at just over 6.3m (20.7ft).

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said in the past 28 hours, it rescued 120 people and received around 1,200 calls.

Mr Johnson said: “It’s businesses particularly who deserve our sympathies and they’ve had a really tough time.

“You cannot underestimate the psychological effect of flooding on people – it is a big, big blow.

“People have been moved out of their homes and probably hundreds of businesses have seen damage to their properties – we stand ready to help in any way that we can.”

The Prime Minister was visiting Matlock in Derbyshire, whose Mayor, Liberal Democrat David Hughes said: “Is this an election stunt or is the government concerned for the people of Matlock?

“It’s very difficult to determine.”

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint shared photos from Sprotbrough on Twitter and said: “Not seen anything like it since 2007 floods.”

“Our South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service out with rescue boats doing a great job.”

She added: “Hope the people at The Boat Inn and cottages beyond okay.”

Ms Flint has been the Labour MP for the constancy since 1997 and is contesting re-election next month.

Northern have issued do not travel advice for passengers on several lines.

Trains from Sheffield to Gainsborough, Lincoln, Goole and Leeds via Moorthorpe have been affected.

The London/Sheffield route operated by East Midlands Railway has been diverted.

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