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UK flood warnings map: Environment Agency alerts and weather forecast as woman dies in 'almost biblical' flooding

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A woman has died after apparently being swept away as "almost biblical" flooding continues to cause heavy disruption in the Midlands and northern England.

The unidentified woman's body was recovered in Darley Dale, near Matlock, at around 10.40am on Friday, after reportedly being swept away by floodwater in Rowsley in the early hours.

It came after some areas were battered by a month's worth of rain in one day, as the Environment Agency repeated warnings for people to stay away from swollen rivers.

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Fire crews were deployed to help guide people to safety, while rail and road users were warned against travelling on certain routes.

'It was almost biblical'

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South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said they rescued more than 100 stranded people on Thursday night, with around 500 calls to its control room overnight.

Swineshaw in the Peak District saw the most rainfall on Thursday with 112mm, while flood-hit parts of Sheffield experienced 85mm during the same period, according to the Met Office. The average monthly rainfall total for Yorkshire for November is 89mm.

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In Toll Bar, near Doncaster, Post Office worker Kathleen Overton, 61, said: "It was almost biblical, I would say. You were just looking out of your window in disbelief at how much of it was coming down.

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

More than 100 stranded people were rescued in Yorkshire on Thursday night (Reuters)

Elsewhere, shoppers spent a night stranded in Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre after all routes home were cut off by the floods.

Shopper Saskia Hazelwood, 17, from Doncaster, said she and her friends "instantly started panicking" when they saw there was no way of getting home.

"At the start we thought it would be fun, a nice sleepover, something to certainly remember," she said.

"But after 14 hours of being stranded in Meadowhall we just couldn't wait to get home, get into our own beds, feel safe again, and catch up on sleep."

Flood warnings in place

Although the Environment Agency reduced its number of flood warnings from above the 100 mark on Friday morning, 75 remain in place in the afternoon.

Of these, 69 are standard warnings ("flooding is expected – immediate action required"), while six are severe warnings, denoting a danger to life.

The red severe flood warnings centre around the River Don (Environment Agency)

The severe warnings are all around the River Don in South Yorkshire:

River Don at Barnby Dun River Don at Bentley River Don at Kirk Bramwith River Don at Kirk Sandall River Don at South Bramwith River Don at Willow Bridge Caravan Site

Flood warnings are spread across the north of England (Environment Agency)

The regular warnings are spread a little more widely, although they remain concentrated largely in South Yorkshire and the east Midlands, with areas of greater Manchester also at risk:

Barlings Eau in Langworth Brook Dike at Wath Upon Dearne Ea Beck at South Elmsall Isolated properties and villages near to the River Ancholme from Bishopbridge to Brigg Isolated properties and villages near to the River Ancholme from Broughton to Horkstow Patrington Haven on Winestead Drain Poulton Drain in the Covenham St Marys Area River Amber at Ambergate River Ancholme and the Old River Ancholme in Brigg River Dearne at Broomhill River Dearne at Harlington River Derwent at Allestree Ford Lane Bridge and Darley Abbey Park River Derwent at Ambaston Lane River Derwent at Ambergate River Derwent at Belper River Derwent at Buttercrambe Mill River Derwent at Calver River Derwent at Chatsworth River Derwent at Churchtown and Northwood River Derwent at Church Wilne and Wilne Lane River Derwent at Darley Dale River Derwent at Duffield Church and Village Hall River Derwent at Matlock Bath River Derwent at Raynesway River Derwent at Whatstandwell including Cromford and Lea Wood River Doe Lea at Bolsover Coking Works and Netherthorpe River Don at Bentley Moor River Don at Braithwaite River Don at Conisbrough River Don at Doncaster River Don at Fishlake River Don at Kilnhurst - Beighton Road, Springfield Road and Wharf Road River Don at Kilnhurst - Charles Street and Thomas Street River Don at Kilnhurst - Hooton Road River Don at Lower Sprotbrough River Don at Mexborough River Don at Newton Farm River Don at Old Denaby River Don at Rotherham - Centenary Way, Corporation Street and Sheffield Road River Don at Rotherham - Rawmarsh Road and Grafton Bridge River Don at Rotherham - Thorn Hill, Northfield and Retail World Shopping Centre River Don at Stainforth River Don at Swinton Bridge River Don at Thorpe in Balne River Don at Trumfleet River Dove at Dovefields Crossing and Saltbrook Cottage River Dove from Aldham Bridge to Low Valley including Wombwell Ings Caravan Site River Eau at Scotter River Idle at West Retford and Ordsall River Maun at Haughton, Milton and West Drayton River Mersey at Cheadle Wood and Ford lane River Mersey at Fletcher Moss and Withington Golf Course River Mersey at Sale Water Park River Rother at Catcliffe - New Street including the School on Rotherham Road River Rother at Treeton River Ryton at Blyth River Ryton at Scrooby including Serlby River Ryton at Worksop, Shelley Street River Ryton at Worksop Town Centre including Shireoaks Rivers Wye and Derwent at Rowsley River Trent at Sawley Marina, including Sawley Lock River Weaver at Nantwich, Lakeside View River Weaver at Shrewbridge Lodge River Witham and associated Fens from Chapel Hill to Boston River Witham and associated Fens from Washingborough to Metheringham River Witham and associated Fens from Woodhall Spa to Chapel Hill River Wreake at Frisby-on-the-Wreake River Wreake for mills at Hoby, Thrussington and Ratcliffe Waithe Beck in the Brigsley Area

As well as the warnings, there are a further 100 flood alerts in place, which also cover much of the south of England, and indicate "flooding is possible – be prepared".

Latest UK weather forecast

According to The Met Office, a band of rain working its way across Wales and the Midlands will die out as Friday continues.

In the north-west, areas should stay dry with plenty of sunshine, while the north-east will see more showers.

Overnight, showers will move south-east before clearing, with most of the UK seeing cold, clear conditions with some patches of fog appearing.

On Saturday, there will be rain in western parts, with some heavy spells, which will gradually move into central areas.

It will feel cold throughout the UK, with the threat of some snow in hillier regions.

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