It comes amid further “risk-to-life” flood warnings that have been issued in the wake of Storm Babet as homes have been evacuated and train services disrupted across the UK.
Two severe flood warnings are in place around the River Idle near Retford in Nottinghamshire, meaning a risk of death or serious injury.
According to PA , the River Idle is expected to reach record levels as flooding continues, the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF) said, with residents in Retford urged to evacuate.
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Earlier, a woman in her 80s was found dead at a home in Chesterfield with her death believed to be related to flooding in the area, Derbyshire Police said.
Rain is forecast to ease across the country on Sunday, with drier and brighter conditions expected, but the Environment Agency has warned flooding along major rivers could continue for days.
BBC Weather forecaster Gemma Plumb said: “There were a number of places in north and east England, and in Scotland, that saw at least a month’s worth of rain in a few days as a result of Storm Babet, with one or two places seeing closer to twice the average monthly rainfall – one of which was Wattisham in Suffolk.”
Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire County Council branded the situation in Retford “unprecedented” and said it had opened a rest centre at Retford Leisure Centre.
Council leader Ben Bradley, who is also the Conservative MP for Mansfield, said local families were being supported by police and fire services.
“This severe warning means potential risk to life, so it really is important that residents do please cooperate with those services,” he said.
Derby City Council said there were record-breaking water levels in the River Derwent and warned cleaning up after the floods could take several days.
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On Friday, a man in his 60s died after getting caught in fast-flowing floodwater in the town of Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire.
Police Scotland previously said a falling tree hit a van near Forfar in Angus on Thursday evening, killing the 56-year-old driver.
A 57-year-old woman also died on Thursday after being swept into a river in the region.
A search is also underway in Aberdeenshire after a report of a man trapped in a vehicle in floodwater.