Britain is now on high alert for further devastation, with more downpours expected today. The woman died after being swept away by fast-flowing flood water, as the heavy rain saw rivers burst their banks. Her body was pulled from the River Derwent, in Darley Dale, Derbyshire, about two miles from where she was reported missing in Rowsley early yesterday morning. The death came as the Environment Agency repeated warnings for people to stay away from swollen rivers.
Last night, six severe "threat to life" warnings were issued, with 60 severe weather alerts and 99 flood warnings in place.
Thousands of people have had to flee their homes. Properties were evacuated across Yorkshire and the Midlands, with people seeking temporary refuge in hostels and even town halls.
More rain is expected today before an improvement in the forecast for Sunday, but emergency services warned that as the mass of flood water recedes it risks causing further devastation as it pours into rivers and flows at high speed