/Woman swept away by Storm Dennis floodwater found dead

Woman swept away by Storm Dennis floodwater found dead


Yvonne Booth, 55, was swept away by floodwater on Sunday (Picture: PA)
Yvonne Booth, 55, was swept away by floodwater on Sunday (Picture: PA)

A 55-year-old woman who was swept away by floodwater from Storm Dennis has been found dead.

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

Her body was recovered on Monday following a police search.

A statement from her family, released by West Mercia Police, said: ‘Yvonne is a very much loved member of our family and we are all devastated by this news.

‘We appreciate the continued support from the emergency services. We would like to ask for our privacy at this time.’

The Environment Agency (EA) warned torrential rain from Storm Dennis has swelled rivers to ‘exceptional’ levels in parts of Britain, with more forecast to fall later this week.


Police confirm that a body has been recovered in search for missing woman We can confirm that sadly a body has been recovered following the search for a woman who was swept into flood water near Tenbury in Worcestershire yesterday (Sunday 16 February). She has been named as 55-year-old Yvonne Booth from Great Barr in Birmingham. She is pictured here with her late husband and her son. The photo was taken around 10 years ago.
Yvonne Booth pictured with her late husband and her son (Picture: West Mercia Police)

Communities across the country are counting the cost of the weekend’s storm which has left more than 400 properties flooded.

Storm Dennis battered Britain with 90mph winds on Sunday, with more than a month’s worth of rain falling in just 48 hours.

The impact of the storm continued to be felt today, with six severe flood warnings in place for England on Monday evening – indicating a danger to life – and almost 200 flood warnings.

The Environment Agency warned of further risk of flooding, with heavy rain forecast in the north of England for Wednesday and Thursday, possibly falling on already flooded areas.


A dog and its owner are rescued by emergency services after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales after Storm Dennis hit the UK. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 16, 2020. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A dog and its owner are rescued by emergency services after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales after Storm Dennis hit the UK (Picture: PA)

West Mercia Police said residents in Upton upon Severn and Uckinghall, in Worcestershire, are being advised to evacuate, with water levels expected to rise this evening.

Emergency evacuations were also under way in Hereford, where the River Wye reached its highest level on record.

The aftermath of the storm caused widespread travel disruption today, as train lines and roads were blocked by flooding and fallen trees.

The AA said nationally it had attended more than 400 vehicles stuck in water or mud over the weekend, more than double that under Storm Ciara a week ago.

Hereford residents were advised that flooding could trigger periodic power cuts and some roads were closed.

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