THE bodies of a young couple have been pulled from a swollen river after they tried to rescue their dog from fast flowing waters.
The bodies were pulled from the River Clywedog, near Wrexham, North Wales, which was swollen from heavy rain.
The couple were named locally as Alicia Williams, 27, and her boyfriend David Platt, from Wrexham.
North Wales Police were called to the river's edge at 5.10pm last night in Erddig, Clwyd by a member of the public who discovered the body of a woman on a sandbank in the river. Her partner's body was found this morning by rescue crews.
Dog walker Vicci Roberts, of Woof Walkies, took a picture of the fast flowing water last night and said: "The rivers had all burst their banks and were flowing really fast. It was very dangerous and was getting worse."
North Wales Police Inspector Alun Evans confirmed that the young woman lived locally.
He said: "Her body was recovered from the river. It is presumed that she has drowned. We won't know the cause of death until a post-mortem is held in due course.
"It was reported by a member of the public at 5.08pm when it was still daylight.
"An ambulance and North Wales fire service~s water recovery team were called because of the swollen river and the force of the water. Her next of kin have been informed."
Meanwhile, the River Ouse in York is reaching near record levels and continues to rise as thousands face another day of misery caused by torrential downpours, the Environment Agency warned.
The river, which has already flooded car parks, is expected to reach five metres this morning, three metres above normal levels, and could rise further still as water levels peak upstream of the city.
Fire and rescue services have already described the flooding as the worst in the city for 10 years.
City of York Council insisted that York was "very much open for business" despite 80 properties being flooded.
Sally Burns, from City of York Council, said: "Loads of staff have been working through the night to protect the city."
She added: "We need to be careful and make sure we are giving [sandbags] to the people who are a priority, we can see on the monitors where the problems are."
More than 50 flood warnings remain in place following four consecutive days of heavy rains and the worst September storm for 30 years.
More than 400 homes and businesses have been flooded and rail and road networks swamped.
Although the rain will ease off in certain areas today, dozens of communities have been warned they are still at risk.
Residents of a block of town houses in Newburn, Newcastle, were among those facing a second night away from their homes after flood water gouged out the ground beneath the building.
Businesses were damaged and looters broke into the KB Cycles near the stricken town houses, stealing bikes worth tens of thousands of pounds from the shop while roads were blocked by water and silt.
The River Wharfe yesterday split the North Yorkshire town of Tadcaster in two, forcing firefighters to close the bridge carrying the A659 over the river after they noticed water seeping through the structure.
The Wharfe is now falling from three metres, the Ure at Aldwark Bridge is expected to remain high and the Aire is due to subside, the Environment Agency said.
Another North Yorkshire town, Boroughbridge, was also divided when the bridge over the River Ure was closed due to flooding.
Further north, a small bridge partially collapsed in the village of Scorton, near Richmond.
The road and rail network was still struggling to recover, with delays and disruptions continuing to affect the north of England.
The A1M remained closed northbound near Catterick between junction 49 and the A66 at Scotch Corner, and is likely to remain shut until noon.
A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: "We are still unsure as to when it will be reopened, as there is a lot of water in the adjacent fields running off on to the carriageway.
"The fire services are due to reassess the situation at midday."
Alison Baptiste, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: "Flooding has a devastating impact on people, families and communities, and our thoughts are with those who have been flooded this week.
"We would urge people, especially in the North of England, to continue to be prepared for flooding, sign up for free flood warnings, keep up to date with the latest situation, and stay away from dangerous floodwater."
The RSPCA said it rescued two donkeys, 15-year-old Davy and four-year-old Noah, from a field in the village of Cattal, York, after flooding left them in deep water.
By Victoria Ward Telegraph.co.uk