A woman who died after being caught in floodwater in Derbyshire has been named as Annie Hall, the former High Sheriff of Derbyshire.
She was swept away by the River Derwent in Darley Dale, close to Matlock, in the early hours of Friday, and her body was recovered downstream.
Derbyshire Chief Constable Peter Goodman said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the death of his friend who he became close to while she served as the county’s High Sheriff in 2017.
In a statement, Mrs Hall’s family said: “It is with great sadness that we, the family of Annie Hall, report her sudden passing. We are in great shock and grieving. Please allow us to mourn privately for the time being.”
Her death came as parts of northern England and the Midlands were battered by a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours, causing water to breach banks and sweep over flood defences.
All of the 700 residents in a small village in South Yorkshire have been told to evacuate their homes, as a seventh danger to life flood warning was issued early this morning.
The latest warning was declared in the village of Fishlake, just north of Doncaster, after “biblical” rain saw heavy flooding along stretches of the River Don.