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Woman who died after being swept away by floodwater is named

Annie Hall flooding Derbyshire

Annie Hall was the former High Sheriff of Derbyshire (Picture: PA)

A woman who died after being caught in floodwater in Derbyshire has been named as Annie Hall.

Emergency services were called to the River Derwent in Darley Dale, near Matlock, in the early hours of Friday.

Mrs Hall’s body was found further downstream a short time later.

Tributes have been paid to Mrs Hall, who held the ceremonial position of High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2017.

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

‘We are in great shock and grieving. Please allow us to mourn privately for the time being.

‘If you would like to contact us, please send any messages to condolencesforhallfamily@hotmail.com.

‘We will publish details of the funeral arrangements when they are known.’

A swollen River Derwent floods a road in Darley Dale, Derbyshire. November 8, 2019. The body of a woman has been recovered from flood water in Darley Dale. See SWNS story SWLEfloods. Emergency services were called to a stretch of the River Derwent in Darley Dale, close to Matlock, in the early hours of this morning (8 Nov). 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.

A swollen River Derwent floods a road in Darley Dale, Derbyshire (Picture: SWNS)

On Thursday and Friday, Yorkshire and the Midlands were badly affected by heavy downpours with almost a month’s worth of rain falling in just 36 hours.

A total of 242 flood warnings were put in place as severe weather battered the area.

The River Derwent burst its banks and caused serious flooding in Derbyshire, including in Darley Dale where Mrs Hall’s body was found.

Chief Constable Peter Goodman, of Derbyshire Police, said Mrs Hall would be ‘hugely missed’.

He added: ‘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.’

There has been a respite in the rain in the midlands and Yorkshire while the clear-up operation continues. 

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