Former High Sheriff of Derbyshire is named as victim who died in ‘biblical‘ floods

The village underwater: 700 residents of Fishlake are ordered to evacuate as former High Sheriff of Derbyshire is named as woman who died in ‘biblical‘ floods that left streets waist-deep in water

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Former High Sheriff of Derbyshire Annie Hall, who has been named as the woman who died after being swept away by floodwater

An entire Yorkshire village has been ordered to evacuate as flooding continues to cripple the North – and a woman who died after being swept up by floodwater and found two miles away has been named as former High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Annie Hall.

Police said Mrs Hall‘s body was found in the early hours of Friday after she was swept away by water in Darley Dale, near Matlock.

Mrs Hall served as the county‘s High Sheriff in 2017 and has been described as a ‘great leader‘.

Her identity emerged as all 700 residents of Fishlake in South Yorkshire were ordered to evacuate as their homes remain underwater and a seventh danger to life warning was issued.  

Sheffield in South Yorkshire received 84mm of rain over 36 hours, which is almost the average monthly rainfall for Yorkshire,  weather forecaster Marco Petanga said. Gringley on the Hill in Nottinghamshire had 65mm of rain in that time.

Doncaster Council has urged the entire population of the village of around 200 houses to flee for safety as the region has been devastated by the worsts floods in decades. 

Some residents are angry that they did not receive a warning from the authorities until after their homes were flooded.

The River Don, which flows through Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster, hit its highest recorded level at just over 6.3m (21ft) on Friday, higher than when it flooded in 2007.

The Environment Agency issued seven severe flood warnings on Saturday morning suggesting there is a ‘danger to life‘.

The warnings were in place for the River Don at Barnby Dun, Bently, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge caravan site.

There were also 55 warnings telling people to take immediate action in light of expected flooding, along with 88 alerts urging residents to be prepared.  

Tributes to Mrs Hall came as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for better flood management ahead of a visit to deluged communities today.  

The village of Fishlake, Doncaster, submerged under flood water today. Yorkshire and the Midlands were among the areas worst affected by heavy downpours on Thursday and Friday

Residents in the small village of Fishlake, South Yorkshire, (pictured) were advised to evacuate, while police were continuing to monitor rising river levels in Newark, Nottinghamshire

A severe flood warning is in place for the village as river levels continue to rise (pictured, the village of Fishlake). Seven severe flood warnings are still in place as the Government‘s flood warning information site warned life could be at danger over the weather

Sheffield in South Yorkshire received 84mm of rain over 36 hours, which is almost the average monthly rainfall for Yorkshire, Met Office weather forecaster Marco Petanga said (pictured the village of Fishlake)

The Environment Agency warnings were in place for the River Don at Barnby Dun, Bently, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge caravan site (pictured the village of Fishlake)

Specialist paramedics in wet suits go door to door checking on residents of the village of Fishlake, South Yorkshire today

Residents of Fishlake, South Yorkshire arrive with fresh supplies donated by local supermarkets as the village has been cut off due to heavy flooding from the River Don

Residents of Fishlake, South Yorkshire arrive with fresh supplies donated by local supermarkets as the village has been cut off due to heavy flooding from the River Don – November 9

A man pushes a shopping cart with sandbags through a flooded street in Bentley near Doncaster, November 9, 2019

Travel chaos has taken over the flood-hit North and Midlands after devastating floods left streets waist-deep in water (pictured: Flooding along the River Don in the village of Fishlake, South Yorkshire this morning)

There were also 55 warnings telling people to take immediate action in light of expected flooding, along with 88 alerts urging residents to be prepared (pictured the village of Fishlake)

The village of Fishlake, Doncaster, submerged under still rising flood water is cut off

Heavy flooding along the River Don in the village of Fishlake, South Yorkshire. Residents were forced to navigate the town in boots as a result

One man stands near flooded homes after heavy rain in the village of Fishlake 

Seven severe flood warnings are still in place as the Government‘s flood warning information site warned life could be at danger over the weather (pictured, flooding in Fishlake) 

Hundreds of homes were left under water following flooding in the village of Fishlake, South Yorkshire today

During a visit to Leeds on Saturday, Mr Corbyn said better upstream river management and flood defences in towns were needed and called for more funding for emergency services.

‘Obviously we need much better flood management and prevention schemes,‘ he said.

‘It also means properly funding our fire and rescue services and properly funding our Environment Agency to deal with this.

‘The Environment Agency has lost a fifth of its staff, the fire services have lost more than a fifth of their staff. They‘re struggling to cope with this.‘ 

Mr Corbyn later visited a street in Conisbrough which is still cut off by floodwater.

Residents told him how water from the nearby River Don rose quickly on Thursday night, inundating a number of their homes in the cul-de-sac.

Alison and James Merritt showed the Labour leader around their drenched home before he headed off to Doncaster to talk to firefighters involved in the response to the flooding in the area.

The Labour leader said the UK could expect more extreme weather due to climate change.

As Mrs Hall was identified earlier today, Derbyshire Police‘s Chief Constable Peter Goodman said: ‘I am shocked and deeply saddened by the untimely and tragic death of my friend, and former High Sheriff, Annie Hall.

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

Her family also released a statement, saying: ‘It is with great sadness that we, the family of Annie Hall, report her sudden passing.

‘We are in great shock and grieving.‘

Pauline Latham, former MP for Mid Derbyshire, paid tribute to Mrs Hall in a post on Twitter. 

Men push a shopping cart filled with sandbags through a flooded street in Bentley near Doncaster, Britain November 9

85 year old Eileen Purnell and her dog Noodles are removed from the rear of a 4×4 after being rescued by volunteers from her flooded home in Fishlake, South Yorkshire, November 9

Farmers help emergency services rescue people from their homes. The village of Fishlake, Doncaster, submerged under still rising flood water is cut off, November 09

Warnings are in place for the River Don at Barnby Dun, Bently, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge caravan site (pictured: Heavy flooding along the River Don in the village of Fishlake, South Yorkshire)

Parts of northern England endured a month‘s worth of rain in 24 hours, causing severe flooding (pictured: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visits flood hit Conisbrough)

Flintshire, North Wales, 9th November 2019. Cold temperatures and snow for some areas to day with the first snow of the year for areas of Flintshire, Wales

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Labour MP Caroline Flint during a visit to Conisborough, South Yorkshire, meeting residents James and Alison Merritt

Pictured: Heavy flooding along the River Don in the village of Fishlake, South Yorkshire, November 9, 2019

‘My heart goes out to the family and friends of former Derbyshire High Sheriff Annie Hall who died tragically in yesterday‘s floods,‘ she said.

‘She was a great champion of our county and will be sorely missed.‘

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Matlock in Derbyshire on Friday, where he said the widespread flooding across the UK ‘is not looking like something we need to escalate to the level of a national emergency‘.  

Mr Johnson said the Government will ‘certainly stand by ready to help‘ after the country was hit by a deluge of water described as ‘almost biblical‘ by residents in Toll Bar, near Doncaster.

Severe warnings were issued for the flood-hit North and Midlands after devastating torrents left streets waist-deep in water. 

Snow fell in parts of Wales with some predicted to drop in south-west Scotland and Cumbria on Saturday.

Mr Petanga said most of the snowfall will be across the hills in Wales.

‘It‘s falling from the sky and a little bit is settling on higher grounds,‘ he said.

‘It shouldn‘t accumulate too much. It‘s unlikely to cause too much of an issue.‘

Temperatures were predicted to go down to minus 8C in parts of Scotland on Saturday with the potential of more snow on higher grounds, he added.

Yorkshire and the Midlands were among the areas worst affected by heavy downpours on Thursday and Friday.

A worker distributes sandbags to residents on a flooded street in Bentley near Doncaster, November 9, 2019

A man gestures next to women carrying cleaning supplies on a flooded street in Bentley near Doncaster, November 9

Builth Wells, Powys, Wales, on the morning of November 9. Mountain sheep are seen in a wintry landscape

The Environment Agency issued seven severe flood warnings on Saturday morning suggesting there is a ‘danger to life‘ (pictured:  Flooding along the River Don near Fishlake, South Yorkshire – November 9)

Pictured: Heavy flooding along the River Don in the village of Fishlake, South Yorkshire – 9th November 2019

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Homes are pictured submerged by rising flood water, Yarborough Terrace, Doncaster, November 08

The body of the woman was recovered in Darley Dale, near Matlock, at about 10.40am on Friday, Derbyshire Police said. She was reported to have been swept away by floodwater in Rowsley in the early hours.

The heavy rain forced the closure of train lines in north England on Friday with several lines still affected on Saturday.

Yorkshire, one of the worst affected areas, has seen 1,600 people evacuated from 1,200 houses across the country so far, according to the Environment Agency.

A spokesman added that at least 300 houses have been flooded and a multi-agency rescue effort is in place.

Linda Bushell, who lives in Fishlake with her son Paul Sims, fled her house at around 11pm on Friday and stayed in the nearby Hare and Hounds pub, which is on higher ground.

She frantically rushed to move valuables and clothes upstairs after seeing water flood into the village.

Her three-bedroom semi, which she has lived in for 32 years, is under 4ft of water and she has no idea when she can return.

Linda, 52, said: ‘My son came running downstairs saying something was going on. I went outside and saw all the roads were flooded. It was up to my knees.

‘I just managed to get everything upstairs and get out of the house. We got out as quickly as we could and stayed in the pub last night.

‘I have no idea when I can return to my house.

‘My son went back last night to check on it but he said it is under at least 4ft of water.

‘It‘s probably a mess, my main priority is getting back as soon as I can to see what mess it is in. Luckily, I am insured, but it will take a long time to clean up.‘

Linda Bushell, who lives in Fishlake with her son Paul Sims, fled her house at around 11pm on Friday and stayed in the nearby Hare and Hounds pub, which is on higher ground (pictured, Fishlake under water)

Yorkshire, one of the worst affected areas, has seen 1,600 people evacuated from 1,200 houses across the country so far, according to the Environment Agency (pictured, Fishlake in Yorkshire)

Around 700 people in Fishlake, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, (pictured) have been told to leave their homes for their own safety after the River Don burst its banks on Friday night

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of British Labour Party, on a visit to the community affected by flooding in Doncaster

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited a flood-hit community in South Yorkshire and warned the UK could expect more extreme weather due to climate change

Mr Corbyn visited a street in Conisbrough which is still cut off by floodwater. Residents told him how water from the nearby River Don rose quickly on Thursday night, inundating a number of their homes in the cul-de-sac

Linda said she is angry at the lack of communication from the authorities as she only got a flood warning text after her house was submerged.

She added: ‘I‘m still in shock, I didn‘t think something like this would ever happen.

‘I‘m also angry because we didn‘t get any warning. This could have been avoided yesterday.

‘The council knew about this yesterday afternoon. Why didn‘t they do something about it then?

‘I got a text from the Environment Agency saying I was at risk of flooding after my house had already flooded.‘

Linda is expecting to stay at the pub again tonight as she has nowhere else to go.

She said: ‘It‘s the highest point in the village. People are either staying here or at the church.‘

Wendy Brownbridge, a church warden at St. Cuthbert‘s in Fishlake, is helping to get aid to villagers affected by the flooding.

Locals have donated supplies to the village, which has been cut off as roads in and out of it have been left impassable. 

Heavy flooding along the River Don in the village of Fishlake, South Yorkshire – 9th November 2019

Surrounded by beautiful autumn colours, Riber castle emerges above an early morning cloud inversion today. The mist shrouds a less serene scene below where flood water continues to cause chaos in the Derwent Valley below in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

Parts of Britain which have been battered by heavy floods are set to receive respite with dry weather and sunshine forecast (pictured: Fishlake, South Yorkshire – November 9)

The heavy rain forced the closure of train lines in north England on Friday with several lines still affected on Saturday (pictured: Fishlake, South Yorkshire, November 9)

An elderly man is pictured being rescued from his home in Doncaster, Yorkshire, after roads turned to rivers due to heavy rain, November 8

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Matlock, Derbyshire to view the flooding, alongside the police and ambulance services, November 8

Residents on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster were having to be rescued from their homes by boats on November 8

Yorkshire and the Midlands were the worst affected areas by the flooding, with Doncaster particularly badly hit

Waist-high water filled the street of Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster on November 8 with a severe flood warning is in place

Tractors have been used to drop off blankets, sleeping bags and food at the church, where some stranded residents slept last night after being told to leave their homes.

Ms Brownbridge said: ‘A lot of people stayed here last night.

‘We‘re not expecting any more rain, but because there is still flood warnings, people have been told to get out.

‘People are very worried, about 20 homes have been flooded and it is very hard to see your possessions under water.

‘Environment Agency officers were asking people if they wanted to go and offered them help if they did.‘

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service has three boats operating in the village to help people flee to safety.

A spokesman for Doncaster Council said: ‘Due to the rate of rising water in the Trundle Lane area, a decision has been made to issue a severe flood warning in Fishlake.

‘Residents in the area are advised to evacuate their property and are being supported to do so.‘

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: ‘South Yorkshire has just seen one of the wettest days on record and as a result we have severe flood warnings in place in Kirk Bramwith, South Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, Willow Bridge, Barnby Dun and Bentley.

‘We are working with our partners and closely monitoring the situation. Some residents have already been evacuated and we have set up rest centres where we are providing support and advice.‘       

Parts of Britain which have been battered by heavy floods are set to receive respite with dry weather and sunshine forecast. 

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is due to visit flood-hit areas of South Yorkshire on Saturday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Matlock in Derbyshire on Friday (pictured: Fishlake, South Yorkshire – November 9)

Rotherham train station was pictured under water as railway services across South Yorkshire are hit by the flooding and heavy rain

The Prime Minister helped the clean up operations yesterday evening at an opticians in Matlock, smiling as he mopped up water from the entrance of the shop 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson helps with the clean up at an opticians as he visits Matlock, Derbyshire to view the effects of the last few days flooding , November 8

A flooded street in Matlock, Derbyshire on November 8, as parts of England endured a month‘s worth of rain in 24 hours

As it got dark in the Bentley suburb of Doncaster last night, officials were still working tirelessly to rescue residents from flooded homes

Mr Petanga said the weather on Saturday would be ‘much improved‘ for the areas which were affected by heavy downpours and floods on Friday. 

‘Those areas are going to escape with dry weather,‘ he said. 

Mr Petanga said parts of the country experienced a frosty start to the weekend with minus 7C recorded in Braemar, Scotland, on Saturday morning.

‘It‘s a cold start but there will be some sunshine throughout the day and a lot of dry weather,‘ he said.

‘Once the fog lifts many eastern areas will have quite a nice day today with some sunshine.‘

There were two yellow rain warnings, with one in place from 11am to midnight stretching from Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, to Eastbourne and Portsmouth and another from 5am to 8pm covering Northern Ireland from Ballycastle to Newry.

Northern Ireland could see up to 50mm of rain on Saturday, Mr Petanga said.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visited flood-hit areas of South Yorkshire on Saturday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Matlock in Derbyshire on Friday.

During the visit, Mr Johnson said the widespread flooding across the UK ‘is not looking like something we need to escalate to the level of a national emergency‘.

Mr Johnson said the Government will ‘certainly stand by ready to help‘ after the country was hit by deluge of water described as ‘almost biblical‘ by residents in Toll Bar, near Doncaster.

His visit came after the death of a woman who was reportedly swept away by floodwater as parts of the Midlands and northern England were battered by a month‘s worth of rain in one day. 

Mr Johnson attended a briefing from emergency personnel including members of the East Midlands Ambulance Service and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service at Matlock Police Station as he arrived in the Midlands to see the impact of the weather. 

He also met some of the police officers who had helped with the flooding. Speaking at the meeting, the Prime Minister said: ‘You must have been at it all day. Thank you very much. I remember Whaley Bridge, you did an amazing job. Absolutely fantastic. Very sad about the fatality this morning.‘

He then helped mop up flood water inside a Specsavers opticians during his visit to Matlock. He told staff: ‘You‘re lucky none of your stock has been damaged.‘  

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