Woman dies in Derbyshire as floods sweep northern England

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One woman died after being swept away by surging waters.

Seven severe flood warnings - deemed a threat to life - remain on the River Don in South Yorkshire.

Dozens of people were forced to spend Thursday night at Meadowhall shopping centre near Sheffield, after roads flooded and water from River Don poured over the top of defences completed previous year at a cost of more than £20 million.

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

"You were just looking out of your window in disbelief at how much of it was coming down", she said.

"People's cars were getting submerged in the water, gardens were ruined, you couldn't drive anywhere".

Residents on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster were having to be rescued from their homes by boats on Friday as waist-high water filled the street.

A resident told local media she had "never known it to be this bad".

Police have said formal identification is yet to take place, but the family of the woman have been informed.

The Met office said that "there were a lot of other places that had 80mm or more, especially in Yorkshire".

About 30 people sought refuge in the Meadowhall shopping center after floodwaters stranded shoppers who had turned up to see Christmas lights switched on.

Precautionary flood barriers were put in place in Mytholmroyd, which was badly hit in the 2015 Boxing Day floods.

In Doncaster, council members warned people living near the River Don to evacuate their homes as the torrent spilled over its banks.

The weather has also caused train services to be cancelled and Northern Rail issued a "do not travel" warning to commuters using three routes, saying flooding had closed the lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln and Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria.

"The rain is easing and moving south but obviously the impact of that will continue to be felt".

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