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UK floods latest: Emergency meeting called by Boris Johnson as 'biblical' weather strikes – Express,

PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has called an emergency Cobra meeting in response to the severe flooding in the UK that has seen hundreds evacuated up and down the nation and led to the death of a woman in Derbyshire.

Downing Street has said in a statement that Mr Johnson will chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra committee which will discuss a response to the flooding. Flash floods saw him attend areas such as Derbyshire on Friday night to talk with locals and the emergency services. Derbyshire was one of the worst hit, with a former High Sheriff for the county named as a victim killed after being swept away by flood water.

Police named former High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Annie Hall, as the victim of the flooding in the county who was found last week.

Officers said Ms 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”.


Downing Street has said in a statement that Mr Johnson will chair a meeting(Image: GETTY)


Boris Johnson helped clean up shops on his visit(Image: GETTY)

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.

Since Thursday last week, I’ve received regular briefings from officials on the flooding that’s occurred across Yorkshire and the Midlands.

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– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson)(November)

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.

Mr Johnson wrote on Twitter : “Awful to see the terrible flooding across the North of England.


Derbyshire has been particularly hard hit by the flooding(Image: GETTY)

“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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