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Woman is swept to her death in England as more storms predicted for the weekend


A man paddles a kayak on flood water after the River Wye burst its banks in Ross-on-Wye

A man paddles a kayak on flood water after the River Wye burst its banks in Ross-on-Wye

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A dog is rescued in Nantgarw, Wales

A dog is rescued in Nantgarw, Wales


A man paddles a kayak on flood water after the River Wye burst its banks in Ross-on-Wye

A woman who was swept away by floodwater during torrential rain from Storm Dennis has been found dead.

Yvonne Booth (55), from the Great Barr area of Birmingham, went missing near Tenbury in Worcestershire on Sunday.

Her body was recovered yesterday following a police search.

Her family said: "Yvonne is a very much loved member of our family and we are all devastated by this news.

"We appreciate the continued support from the emergency services. We would like to ask for our privacy at this time."

The Environment Agency (EA) warned torrential rain from Storm Dennis has swelled rivers to "exceptional" levels in parts of Britain, with more forecast to fall later this week.

And in Northern Ireland, forecasters have warned that another weekend washout is possible.

Bonnie Diamond, a meteorologist with the Met Office, said: "There is a bit of uncertainty at the moment due to a different range of model outputs.

"This time last week, due to model agreement, we were confident in the forecast and we were able to name Storm Dennis very early in the week.

"There is not as high confidence in the forecast for this weekend's weather, but there are some signs of something unsettled.

"The fact we have had two deep low pressure systems back to back has been helped by the particularly active jet stream at the moment.

"The advice is to keep eyes on the forecast to keep up-to-date as we get closer to the weekend."

Communities across the UK are counting the cost of the weekend's storm which has left more than 400 properties flooded.

Among the worst affected areas were South Wales, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire, where major incidents were declared.

Around 1,000 staff were on duty, with 5km of flood barriers deployed and 90 pumps in action, the EA said.

It warned the flood risk continues, with further heavy rain forecast in the north of England for tomorrow and Thursday, possibly falling on already flooded areas.

West Mercia Police said residents in Upton upon Severn and Uckinghall in Worcestershire are being advised to evacuate, with water levels expected to rise last night. Emergency evacuations were also under way in Hereford, where the River Wye reached its highest level on record.

The aftermath of the storm caused transport disruption yesterday, as train lines and roads were blocked by flooding and fallen trees.

Greg Smith, who took drone images of the flooding, admitted: "I've never seen anything like this."

Over in South Wales, one of the worst-hit areas was the village of Nantgarw, near Cardiff, where entire streets were left underwater from the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Prime Minister resisted calls to chair a meeting of the Government's emergency committee, Cobra, to tackle the flooding crisis, despite criticism from the Labour Party.

Belfast Telegraph