Former High Sheriff of Derbyshire is named as woman killed in floods

A woman who died after being swept away by floodwater has been named as Annie Hall.

Derbyshire Police said Mrs Hall’s body was found in the early hours of Friday after she was swept away by water in Darley Dale, near Matlock.

It came as parts of the Midlands and northern England were battered by a month’s worth of rain in one day.

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

Derbyshire Police’s Chief Constable Peter Goodman 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.’

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

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‘We are in great shock and grieving.’

Pauline Latham, former MP for Mid Derbyshire, paid tribute to Mrs Hall in a post on Twitter.

She 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.’

On Thursday and Friday, parts of Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire 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.

Schools and roads were closed while flooded homes were evacuated.

Hundreds of people were trapped overnight in Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre while in Mansfield, Notts, 35 homes were evacuated after a mudslide.

Today there has been a respite in the rain in Yorkshire and the Midlands while the clean-up operation continues.

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The Environment Agency still has seven severe flood warnings in place, suggesting a ‘danger to life’.

The warnings are in place for the River Don at Barnby Dun, Bently, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge caravan site.

There are also 55 warnings telling people to take immediate action in light of expected flooding, along with 88 alerts urging residents to be prepared.

Yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the area and said the widespread flooding ‘is not looking like something we need to escalate to the level of a national emergency.’

He said that the Government will ‘certainly stand by ready to help’ after the country was hit by a deluge of water described as ‘almost biblical’ by residents in Toll Bar, near Doncaster.

Today Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Yorkshire and called for better flood management systems and more funding.

He said: ‘Obviously we need much better flood management and prevention schemes.

‘It also means properly funding our fire and rescue services and properly funding our Environment Agency to deal with this.

‘The Environment Agency has lost a fifth of its staff, the fire services have lost more than a fifth of their staff.

‘They’re struggling to cope with this.’

The Labour leader said the UK could expect more extreme weather due to climate change.

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A woman who died after being swept away by floodwater has been named as Annie Hall.

Derbyshire Police said Mrs Hall’s body was found in the early hours of Friday after she was swept away by water in Darley Dale, near Matlock.

It came as parts of the Midlands and northern England were battered by a month’s worth of rain in one day.

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

Derbyshire Police’s Chief Constable Peter Goodman 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.’

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

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‘We are in great shock and grieving.’

Pauline Latham, former MP for Mid Derbyshire, paid tribute to Mrs Hall in a post on Twitter.

She 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.’

On Thursday and Friday, parts of Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire 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.

Schools and roads were closed while flooded homes were evacuated.

Hundreds of people were trapped overnight in Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre while in Mansfield, Notts, 35 homes were evacuated after a mudslide.

Today there has been a respite in the rain in Yorkshire and the Midlands while the clean-up operation continues.

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The Environment Agency still has seven severe flood warnings in place, suggesting a ‘danger to life’.

The warnings are in place for the River Don at Barnby Dun, Bently, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge caravan site.

There are also 55 warnings telling people to take immediate action in light of expected flooding, along with 88 alerts urging residents to be prepared.

Yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the area and said the widespread flooding ‘is not looking like something we need to escalate to the level of a national emergency.’

He said that the Government will ‘certainly stand by ready to help’ after the country was hit by a deluge of water described as ‘almost biblical’ by residents in Toll Bar, near Doncaster.

Today Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Yorkshire and called for better flood management systems and more funding.

He said: ‘Obviously we need much better flood management and prevention schemes.

‘It also means properly funding our fire and rescue services and properly funding our Environment Agency to deal with this.

‘The Environment Agency has lost a fifth of its staff, the fire services have lost more than a fifth of their staff.

‘They’re struggling to cope with this.’

The Labour leader said the UK could expect more extreme weather due to climate change.

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