Former High Sheriff was swept to death in floods in front of her husband who clung to a lamppost

Former High Sheriff of Derbyshire, 69, was swept to her death in ‘biblical‘ floodwater in front of her husband, 77, who clung to a lamppost for safety when their car was swamped as the River Derwent burst its banks

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

The former High Sheriff of Derbyshire who was swept away in the floods in Yorkshire on Friday was killed after her car was overwhelmed and she was dragged away in front of her husband.

Mother-of-four Annie Hall, 69, died after the River Derwent burst its banks in Darley Dale, near Matlock.

It is understood the millionaire businesswoman and her husband Michael tried to flee their vehicle after getting caught in the fast-flowing floods. 

Mr Hall clung to a lamppost to avoid being swept away and could only watch as his wife was overcome by the force of the floods, according to .

They were believed to be on their way to their £800,000 home in Ashford in the Water when they were caught in the deluge. 

Her body was found two hours later two miles downstream from where she disappeared. 

In a statement last night, her family said that they were ‘in great shock and grieving‘.

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The condition of her husband is not yet known but it is believed he required hospital treatment. 

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

Tributes in the region have been paid to Mrs Hall who was known locally for her campaigning and charity work, having been a trustee of Foundation Derbyshire which invests in community projects.

Chief constable Peter Goodman, who knew Mrs Hall when she was High Sheriff, said he was ‘shocked and deeply saddened‘ by her ‘untimely and tragic death‘.

The businesswoman was originally from Wincanton in Somerset and moved to Derbyshire to set up a business with her husband making industrial winches.

She was appointed vice-chairman of Derbyshire Mental Health Trust and made the first female president of the Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce. 

Mr and Mrs Hall were regular worshippers at their local church, Holy Trinity.

 A total of seven severe ‘danger to life‘ flood warnings, all along the River Don in Yorkshire, remain in place today, according to the Environment Agency.

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