Police said Mrs Hall’s body was found in the early hours of yesterday morning after she was swept away in Darley Dale, near Matlock, by swathes of flood water. She served as Derbyshire’s High Sheriff, with locals commending her as a “great leader”. Derbyshire has been particularly hard hit by the flooding caused by the ever-rising River Derwent.
This has prompted local police to close emergency gates in order to contain the “dangerous” flooding.
Extremely heavy rainfall is the cause of the flooding in Derbyshire, which has been battered by enormous amounts of torrential rain.
Police say the river burst its banks and caused huge problems along the length of the county.
As a result, roads are closed and homes and businesses have been flooded.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “Awful to see the terrible flooding across the North of England.
“Thank you to the emergency staff & volunteers helping families through this difficult time.
“Pls follow @metoffice for updates in your area or call the flood hotline: 0345 988 1188.”
A number of flood warnings are active in Derbyshire on Friday, including for the River Derwent at Ambaston Lane, Ambergate, Belper, Calver, Chatsworth, Darley Dale, Duffield, Matlock Bath, Raynesway, and Whatstandwell.
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“Ford Lane in Allestree has also been closed and will affect local traffic.
“There is currently risk of flooding in the Raynesway area. We are working with businesses to ensure they can continue with business as usual.”
The local council are thought to be revising the water levels, administering road closures and are working closely with the emergency services to aid those affected.
Mike Westhead, 55, of Horsley Woodhouse, works at the National Trust and said it’s the “worst floods” he has ever seen.
He told the Derbyshire Telegraph: “It’s certainly something I’ve never seen in 55 years living locally.
“It’s scary how just 24 hours of rain can cause such chaos.”
The view was echoed by Sally Stone, 71, who said she’s seen nothing like “since the 60s”.
She said: “I haven’t seen anything like this since the 60s It’s still rising up.
“We’re right at the top of the hill so we’re ok.
“From 6am Newbridge Road (diversion route) was like the motorway. It was really busy.”
Flood warnings are in effect along the River Derwent at Allestree Ford Lane Bridge and Darley Abbey Park, Ambaston Lane, Ambergate, Belper, Buttercrambe Mill, Calver, Chatsworth, Churchtown and Northwood, Church Wilne and Wilne Lane, Darley Dale, Duffield Church and Village Hall, Elvaston Castle Country Park, Matlock Bath, Raynesway and Whatstandwell including Cromford and Lea Wood.