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Woman, 57, dies after being swept away in Angus river in Storm Babet

Her body was recovered just after 4pm from the Water of Lee, near Brechin.

Police closed River Street in Brechin last night due to rising floodwater. Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police closed River Street in Brechin last night due to rising floodwater. Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A 57-year-old woman has died after being swept away in an Angus river during Storm Babet.

Police were called to the Water of Lee, at Glen Esk, on Thursday at around 1.45pm after receiving reports of a person being swept away.

The woman’s body was recovered at around 4pm.

Her identity is currently unknown and there are no suspicious circumstances.

The tragic news comes as hundreds of homes in Brechin have been evacuated due to severe flooding.

River South Esk bursts banks during Storm Babet

The River South Esk has burst its banks, with some parts of the town only accessible by boat.

A red weather warning for rain is currently in force in the region.

A police spokesman said: “At around 1.45pm on Thursday, October 19, officers attended a report of a person having been swept into the Water of Lee, Glen Esk.

“Around 4pm, the body of a 57-year-old woman was recovered from the river.

“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

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