By Tony Winterburn • 17 February 2020 • 20:57
The family of Yvonne Booth, right, have spoken of their devastation. image: West Mercia Police
A woman who was swept away by Storm Dennis has been found dead, police have said, as a river reaches its highest level in 200 years.
The woman, named as 55-year-old Yvonne Booth from Great Barr in Birmingham, was swept away in Tenbury, Worcestershire on Sunday.
Her family said in a statement: “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.”
Chief Superintendent Tom Harding from West Mercia Police added: “We are sad to report that a body has been found during our search and rescue operation in Tenbury.
“Whilst formal identification has not yet taken place we believe this to be Yvonne, who tragically was swept into floodwater on Sunday. Specially trained officers have given her family this terrible news and are supporting them.”
It comes following a second successive weekend of storms battering the British Isles.
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