Woman’s body pulled from flood waters in UK as evacuation ordered

epa04001432 A photo made available 26 December 23013 shows abandoned cars following n the overflowing River Stour at Ilford Bridge Home Park, near Bournemouth, southern England 25 December 2013 where flooding caused the evacuation of residents. Storms have ruined the Christmas holidays for thousands of people forced to leave their homes following severe flooding. EPA/Ben Birchall UK and Republic of Ireland Out EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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A woman died after being swept away in floodwater 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.

Her death in the Derwent at Rowsley, near Matlock in Derbyshire, came as the Environment Agency (EA) warned people to stay away from swollen rivers, councils evacuated hundreds of houses and emergency services used boats to rescue stranded homeowners

On Friday night, Boris Johnson visited Matlock to help with the clean-up operation and said the government is putting £2.6bn towards flood defences.

By Friday afternoon there were six severe “danger to life” warnings in place around the Don, which also breached its banks at St Oswald’s Church at Kirk Sandall.

On Friday night, 116 flood warnings were in place, mostly in Yorkshire.

The parts of Britain which have been battered by heavy floods are set to avoid further downpours as rapid temperature drops threaten a frosty start to Saturday.

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates described it as “quite a messy weather picture” with a mix of low temperatures, frost, rain and even the potential of snow in some places.

But he added: “I think the most important thing is that the areas which have been affected by floods should avoid rain and get some respite.”


Via The Telegraph

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