Woman killed in ‘biblical’ UK floods pictured as another 700 homes evacuated after River Don bursts its banks – The Sun

A WOMAN who died after being caught in "biblical" floods has today been named as the former High Sheriff of Derbyshire.

Annie Hall, 69, was swept away in the water in the early hours of Friday morning near River Derwent in Darley Dale, near Matlock.

Tragically, her body was later found downstream after a months’s worth of rain fell in one day – with another 700 homes today evacuated after River Don bursts its banks.

Chief Constable Peter Goodman, who became close with Mrs Hall during her tenure as High Sheriff, 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.

"My deepest sympathies go to Michael and all the family at this time.”

Mrs Hall's family have released the following statement: “It is with great sadness that we, the family of Annie Hall, report her sudden passing.

"We are in great shock and grieving."

It is understood Mrs Hall lived in in Ashford-In-The Water, six miles from Rowsley where she was swept away.

'GREATLY MISSED'

Mrs Hall grew up near Wincanton on the Somerset-Dorset border, going to the local Catholic school.

She then went on to study to become a psychiatric nurse, but didn't finish as she started a business with her husband Michael in their new home Bedfordshire.

Ultimately moving to Derbyshire, the couple launched an industrial and marine services company.

Mrs Hall then went on to become the first female president of the Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce.

She was also a founding member of the Training Enterprise Council, trustee of Foundation Derbyshire and supporter of Umbrella, an organisation that supports disabled children and young adults.

The mother was sworn in as High Sheriff in April, 2017.

She and Michael have five children between them and five grandchild  – two who live in Australia.


Tributes to Mrs Hall remembered her as a "stalwart of the community".

Pauline Latham, former MP for Mid Derbyshire, wrote: "My heart goes out to the family and friends of former Derbyshire High Sheriff Annie Hall who died tragically in yesterday's floods.

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

One friend wrote on social media: "Prayers and love to the family. She was a positive force of nature and all who knew her will feel the keen loss of her vibrant personality. Such a loss. Such terribly sad news."

Another added: "Annie was a beautiful ‘lady’ in the true sense of the word..who utterly cared about everyone in Derbyshire."

It comes as emergency services were inundated with calls for help, with around 700 people in Fishlake, near Doncaster, South Yorks, told to leave their homes after the River Don burst its banks on Friday night.

Seven severe flood warnings have now been issued along the river by the Environment Agency – meaning a "threat to life" to those living nearby.

Authorities are still on high alert today around the River Don, including Barnby Dun, Bently, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge caravan site.

EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said 1,600 people have been evacuated from 1,200 houses across Yorkshire so far.

At least 300 homes have been flooded.

Flood water levels peaked at record levels last night with seven severe flood warnings in place and more than 50 other areas warned "immediate action" was required.

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.

John Curtin, the EA’s executive director of flood and coastal risk management, said: "Although river levels are falling, dangerous flood waters remain."

A massive cleanup operation is now underway, with some houses still submerged as desperate Brits will attempt to salvage ruined belongings today.

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.

Meanwhile, temperatures plunged to -7C in parts of Scotland overnight.

Rail operator Northern issued "do not travel" advice for passengers using five lines on its network.

Lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln, Sheffield and Goole, Hebden Bridge and Rochdale, and the line from Sheffield to Leeds via Moorthorpe.









 

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