Torrential rain in England kills one, floods streets


November 09, 2019 01:49:23

One woman has died in the UK after being swept away by surging waters as torrential rain drenched parts of north and central England, swelling rivers, forcing evacuations and disrupting travel.

Key points:

  • Emergency services have said some parts of UK saw month’s worth of rain in one day
  • A woman’s body was recovered from River Don
  • The woman is yet to be identified

Floods hit the city of Sheffield, where the River Don overflowed after 85 millimetres of rain fell on Thursday local time.

Some 30 people sought refuge in the Meadowhall shopping centre after floodwaters stranded shoppers who had turned up to see Christmas lights switched on.

“Some places have seen a month’s worth of rain in one day,” Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said.

As of Friday afternoon local time, the agency said 73 flood warnings were in place, as well as six severe “danger to life” warnings near the River Don.

Emergency services in Derbyshire, south of Sheffield, recovered the body of a woman near the River Derwent after reports of a woman being swept away by floodwater.

According to reports in the BBC, the woman was reported to have been swept away in Rowsley and the body was found about two miles away in Darley Dale.

Derbyshire Police said her family had been informed and formal identification was yet to take place.

The Environment Agency said the highest rainfall on Thursday local time was registered in Swineshaw, in the Peak District — 112 mm.

A resident told local media she had “never known it to be this bad”.





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