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Storm Babet: Woman in 80s dies in Chesterfield floods

Storm Babet: Woman in 80s dies in Chesterfield floods

A woman in her 80s has become the latest victim of Storm Babet as torrential rain and heavy winds batter Britain.

The woman was found dead at her home in Chesterfield at around 10.35am on Saturday. Her death is believed to be related to flooding in the area, Derbyshire Police said.

It comes as flooding continues to cause chaos around the country with travel disruption across parts of Yorkshire, Scotland, East Anglia and the East Midlands on Sunday.

The storm has already claimed the lives of two in Scotland and one in Shropshire.

On Friday, a man in his 60s died after getting caught in fast-flowing floodwater in the town of Cleobury Mortimer.

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Police Scotland said a 56-year-old driver was killed after a tree hit a van near Forfar in Angus on Thursday evening. A 57-year-old woman died on Thursday after being swept into a river in the same region.

A search is also under way in Aberdeenshire after a report of a man trapped in a vehicle in floodwater.

Residents from around 100 homes across Angus were rescued from their flooded homes by boats and canoes. Some in the village of Bridge of Dun near Montrose were airlifted out by helicopter.

Eight Scottish Professional Football League matches were postponed while train services were disrupted and roads closed because of flooding or fallen trees.

Derbyshire is among the worst areas affected by the storm. Emergency crews rescued 20 people from a care home as cars were submerged in flood water.

Labour MP Toby Perkins said 400 homes in his Chesterfield constituency were swamped.

It came as three danger-to-life severe flood warnings were issued along the River Derwent, including for parts of Derby, where it reached 11ft 6in high yesterday, compared to its normal height of 6ft 6in.