Woman dies after being swept away by fierce flooding

A WOMAN aged 55, swept away by floodwater near Tenbury in Worcestershire last Sunday, was found dead the following day.

A statement by the family of Yvonne Booth, from the Great Barr area of Birmingham, said: “Yvonne is a very much-loved member of our family, and we are all devastated by this news.”

The Environment Agency (EA) warned that torrential rain from Storm Dennis had swelled rivers to “exceptional” levels in parts of Britain, with more forecast to fall.

The death toll has now risen to five as Storm Dennis wreaked havoc and brought tragedy across the country.

On Sunday, tragically, a 42-year-old man fell nearly 100ft from the path of 3,278ft-high Stob Ban, on the south side of Glen Nevis in Lochaber, the Scottish Highlands.

Meanwhile, police have been searching for a missing jogger, Lisa Hale, 40, who vanished in Farnborough, Hants, last Friday night, but her disappearance has not been linked with the storm.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as the number of flood warnings hits an all-time record.

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, said the Environment Agency.

Emergency evacuations were carried out in Hereford, where the River Wye reached its highest level on record.

And homes in Monmouth were evacuated after Natural Resources Wales issued two severe “danger to life” flood warnings for the River Wye in the town.

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

Luke Pollard, shadow environment secretary, said it was a “disgrace” that the PM had “refused” to visit affected communities.



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