Woman dies after being ‘swept away’ by floodwater in Derbyshire

A woman has died during devastating floods in Derbyshire, police have confirmed.

Officers were called to a stretch of the River Derwent in the early hours of the morning after a woman was swept away by flood water.

Paramedics were called at 7.14am today, and the body was recovered at around 10.40am.

The tragedy happened close to Matlock, as the region was battered by heavy rain.

More than 240 flood warnings were issued by the Met Office.

In a statement Derbyshire Police said: "The body of a woman has been recovered from flood water in Darley Dale.

"Emergency services were called to a stretch of the River Derwent in Darley Dale, close to Matlock, in the early hours of this morning.

"The woman was reported as having been swept away by flood water in Rowsley and the body of what is believed to be the same woman was found in Darley Dale and was recovered at 10.40am.

"The family of the woman have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this time.

"Formal identification has yet to take place."

An East Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said a hazardous response unit had been sent after medics were called shortly before 7.15am.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: "My thoughts are with all those affected by the floods in Sheffield, Rotherham and across the region.

"Thank you to the emergency services, council workers, the Environment Agency and volunteers who are working to help those whose homes have been flooded and those stranded."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote: "Awful to see the terrible flooding across the North of England. Thank you to the emergency staff & volunteers helping families through this difficult time. Pls follow @metoffice for updates in your area or call the flood hotline: 0345 988 1188."

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