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Rescuers used boats to reach people trapped in Rotherham

More than 60 flood warnings are in place across England after days of persistent rain.

Seven severe warnings – deemed a threat to life – remain on the River Don in South Yorkshire.

Towns and cities across Yorkshire and the Midlands have faced disruption and in some cases emergency evacuations as rivers have burst their banks.

Former High Sherriff of Derbyshire Annie Hall was swept to her death by the flooded River Derwent near Matlock.

In addition to the severe warnings, the Environment Agency has issued a further 54 warnings – meaning flooding is expected – and 99 alerts.

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A flooded field 100 metres from the River Don on the outskirts of Kirk Bramwith in South Yorkshire

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Roads to Fishlake have been closed, cutting off the South Yorkshire village

It said water levels were still very high on stretches of the River Don and expects flooding in parts of South Yorkshire to continue until Wednesday.

BBC reporter Richard Cadey said some roads around Fishlake had been closed and the village was “effectively cut off because of flooding”.

He said people on the ground had told him 90% of the homes there had been flooded.

Pam Webb, who owns a luxury spa in Fishlake, said: “We’ve got blue skies, it looks picturesque until you actually get in to the village and you see the devastation that’s been caused to homes and businesses.

“Devastating is an easy word to use but it’s completely devastating and it’s heart breaking.”

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Pam Webb’s business in Fishlake is among the many that have been flooded in the village

National Rail said a number of routes were still affected by flooding and advised those travelling by train to check before setting out.

In Nottinghamshire, residents living in mobile homes close to the River Trent in Newark have been urged to move to higher ground.

One of the most severely hit areas has been Bentley in Doncaster, where flooding affected many homes 12 years ago.

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Media captionDrone footage filmed from Matlock shows the extent of the floodwater

One resident told BBC Radio Sheffield: “The worry is our insurance policies are expensive as it is because of the 2007 floods, so now we’re all worried whether we’re going to get reinsured.”

Some residents were “angry and frustrated” at Doncaster Council – claiming it had not provided sandbags early enough to prevent properties from flooding, the station reported.

Homes in Stainforth, Thorpe in Balne and Trumfleet have also been evacuated.

South Yorkshire Police said it had extra officers out on patrol to “protect the evacuated areas and support those affected by the floods”.

“There is no suggestion of any criminality resulting from the floods but we hope our extra patrols can offer at least a little reassurance to those worst affected.”

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Annie Hall’s family said they were “in great shock”

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