Flood victim was former Derbyshire High Sheriff Annie Hall

A woman swept to her death by a flooded river was Derbyshire’s former High Sherriff Annie Hall, police have said.

Her body was pulled from the River Derwent near Matlock on Friday, as persistent rain caused floods across Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Derbyshire Chief Constable Peter Goodman said he was « shocked and deeply saddened » by the death of his friend.

Seven severe flood warnings – deemed a threat to life – remain in place on the River Don in South Yorkshire.

Flooding has caused evacuations and travel disruption, with trains still not running in parts of the East Midlands.

Services are cancelled on the Matlock-Derby-Nottingham route and diversions are in place between Derby and Chesterfield, adding about 30 minutes to journeys.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said it had declared a major incident on Friday night and firefighters had rescued more than 40 people from the Fishlake area, near Doncaster.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Alex Johnson advised people to « keep themselves safe, help each other and don’t drive into flood water ».

Residents from 12 homes in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, are still unable to return home after a mudslide on Thursday led to 35 properties being evacuated.

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Source: The Guardian

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