Storm Dennis: Woman who was swept away found dead

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Storm Dennis: Woman who was swept away found dead

A woman who was swept away by Storm Dennis has been found dead, police have said, as a river reaches its highest level in 200 years.

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

In a statement released by West Mercia Police, her family said she was a "very much loved member of our family and we are all devastated by this news".

Image: Yvonne Booth pictured with her late husband and her son

A man who was rescued in the same incident and airlifted to hospital is in a stable condition, the force said.

After the storm lashed Britain at the weekend, there were seven severe flood warnings for England on Monday evening – indicating a danger to life – and almost 200 flood warnings.

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Chief Superintendent Tom Harding said there was a "high probability" that water levels would continue to rise on Monday evening, with a peak expected south of Worcester in Uckinghall from 9pm and in Upton later in the evening or overnight, with residents advised to leave their homes.

Homes have also been evacuated in Monmouth, where water levels are predicted to peak at 7.2 metres.

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Rivers affected by severe warnings are the Severn, the Wye, the Lugg and the Trent.

Sky's Alex Rossi up to his waist in flood water on a Hereford street
Sky's Alex Rossi is almost up to his neck in flood water as he walks Hereford street.

The River Wye in Hereford and surrounding villages has reached "truly exceptional levels", David Throup from the Environment Agency (EA) told Sky News – adding that they were the highest since records began 200 years ago.

In one area, roads were submerged in 6ft (1.8m) of floodwater, local resident Laura Yarwood said, with churches and leisure centres accommodating evacuated residents.

"I think most of the villages in Hereford have been cut off," Ms Yarwood said. "It's the worst anyone in Hereford has ever seen it to be."

Six severe flood warnings have been issued around Hereford
Image: Six severe flood warnings have been issued around Hereford
The inside of a car that was flooded in Nantgarw, South Wales
Image: The interior of a car that was flooded in Nantgarw, South Wales

More than 400 properties have been flooded by Storm Dennis, and 18,500 protected. Both figures are likely to rise, John Curtin from the EA said.

The organisation has about 1,000 staff on duty, with 5km of flood barriers deployed and 90 pumps in action.

Transport continued to be disrupted, with more than 90 flights cancelled at Heathrow.

A fire engine and a petrol tanker were both stopped by floodwaters in Worcestershire.

The AA said it had been called to more than 400 vehicles stuck in water or mud over the weekend – more than double the number it was called to during Storm Ciara the week before.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not visited affected areas and has resisted calls to chair a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee – something described by Labour leadership contender Sir Keir Starmer as "an appalling decision".

Sir Keir said: "The recent flooding is a stark reminder that the government is not doing enough to get to grips with the climate crisis. Ministers should be taking a lead on this situation, not ducking their responsibilities."

Downing Street said Mr Johnson was receiving regular updates.

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Environment Secretary George Eustice said £4bn had been committed to flood defences in the next five years.

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