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Woman dead in floods was former High Sheriff of Derbyshire

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By Andy Hayes, news reporter

A woman who died after being caught in floodwater has been named as Annie Hall, a former High Sheriff of Derbyshire.

She was swept away by the River Derwent in Darley Dale, near Matlock.

Emergency services were called in the early hours of Friday, and her body was found further downstream a short time later.

Image: An aerial view of the flooding in Doncaster
A woman stands behind sandbags in Doncaster
Image: Sandbags were being used in Doncaster

Mrs Hall's family say they are "in great shock and grieving".

In South Yorkshire, the fire and rescue service said it had made almost 200 rescues across the county since heavy downpours started to cause flooding on Thursday.

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There remains a "danger to life" in parts of South Yorkshire, with seven severe flood warnings in place – all of them on the River Don, in and around Doncaster.

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There are also 54 flood warnings, covering rivers including the Trent, the Dearne, the Derwent, the Ryton and the Rother.

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Met Office weather forecaster Marco Petanga said Sheffield had 84mm of rain in 36 hours – almost the average monthly rainfall for Yorkshire.

Snow has fallen in parts of Wales and is expected in southwest Scotland and Cumbria.

Snow in Glyn Ceiriog near Llangollen in North Wales Pic: Twitter/@Steffan_W_1991
Image: Snow in Glyn Ceiriog near Llangollen in North Wales. Pic: Twitter/@Steffan_W_1991

A yellow weather warning for rain covers eastern Northern Ireland until 8pm on Saturday.

Another one in England, running from Oxford down to Brighton and Portsmouth, continues until the end of the day.

But the areas worst affected by torrential rain in the last day or two should avoid further downfalls on Saturday.

A woman is carried by a man as he wades through floodwater in Doncaster
Image: A woman is carried through floodwater in Doncaster
A flooded street in Matlock, Derbyshire
Image: A flooded street in Matlock, Derbyshire

Annie Hall was Derbyshire's High Sheriff in 2017, during which time she "struck up a close bond" with Chief Constable Peter Goodman, the local force said.

Mr Goodman said he was "shocked and deeply saddened by the untimely and tragic death of my friend".

He added: "Annie was a great leader in Derbyshire in both industry and on the civic front. She will be hugely missed."

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