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Woman dies as downpours bring floods across central and northern England

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a group of people walking in the water: People wade through the floodwater in Bentley, north of Doncaster © Reuters/CRAIG BROUGH People wade through the floodwater in Bentley, north of Doncaster

LONDON (Reuters) - A woman was found dead in flood water on Friday after severe storms brought a month's rainfall in less than 24 hours to parts of central and northern England.

a car parked in front of a building: A man looks inside a car stranded in a flooded road in central Rotherham, near Sheffield © Reuters/JON SUPER A man looks inside a car stranded in a flooded road in central Rotherham, near Sheffield

Police said the woman's body had been found near a stretch of the River Derwent near the town of Darley Dale in Derbyshire.

a car parked in a parking lot: A man holds a fishing rod over a flooded street in Bentley, north of Doncaster © Reuters/CRAIG BROUGH A man holds a fishing rod over a flooded street in Bentley, north of Doncaster

"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," police said in a statement.

a person standing next to a car: A man pours water out of his rubber boot on a flooded street in Bentley © Reuters/CRAIG BROUGH A man pours water out of his rubber boot on a flooded street in Bentley

Dozens of people were trapped in a shopping center in the city of Sheffield overnight after becoming stranded by rising waters and about 100 others were rescued from a nearby mall by firefighters in dinghies.

a red fire hydrant sitting in the snow: An emergency service worker stands at a flooded road in central Rotherham, near Sheffield © Reuters/JON SUPER An emergency service worker stands at a flooded road in central Rotherham, near Sheffield

The greatest concern was for homes in six areas around the River Don near the town of Doncaster where water levels reached dangerous record highs.

a car parked in front of a building: A car circulates in a flooded road in central Rotherham, near Sheffield © Reuters/JON SUPER A car circulates in a flooded road in central Rotherham, near Sheffield

Residents were initially warned to immediately evacuate although the local authority later advised them to instead remain vigilant.

a group of people walking in the snow: A police officer looks at a rescue boat on a flooded street in Bentley © Reuters/CRAIG BROUGH A police officer looks at a rescue boat on a flooded street in Bentley

There were more than 150 alerts in other areas of the country where the Environment Agency cautioned that flooding was either expected or possible.

a couple of people that are standing in the water: People wade through the floodwater in Bentley, north of Doncaster © Reuters/CRAIG BROUGH People wade through the floodwater in Bentley, north of Doncaster

The torrential rain also brought widespread travel disruption with some rail operators issuing a "do not travel" advice to passengers in places around Sheffield and other affected areas while many roads were also closed.

a group of people standing next to a traffic light: Sandbags arrive in a flooded area of Bentley, north of Doncaster © Reuters/CRAIG BROUGH Sandbags arrive in a flooded area of Bentley, north of Doncaster

"Awful to see the terrible flooding across the North of England," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter. "Thank you to the emergency staff & volunteers helping families through this difficult time."

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Residents carry sandbags in a flooded area of Bentley, north of Doncaster © Reuters/CRAIG BROUGH Residents carry sandbags in a flooded area of Bentley, north of Doncaster

(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Costas Pitas and Stephen Addison)

a person walking down a city street: Car is pictured in floodwater in Rotherham, near Sheffield

Car is pictured in floodwater in Rotherham, near Sheffield
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