Flooding - updates

UPDATE - FRIDAY 22 JANUARY | Our neighbourhoods staff will be knocking on doors in flood affected areas this Friday to check on the welfare of local people. 

The Covid-secure visits will happen from 9am in Hartington, Rowsley and parts of Bakewell that saw the worst of the overnight flooding - Wye Bank, Wye Bank Grove and Wye Dale Crescent. Find out more here.

During the flood threat from 19 January 2021 we had a small team of District Council volunteers sandbagging in areas of most need. In an emergency only, call our floodline on 0796 6224509. Please note that while we will try to help the most vulnerable with sandbags and support, we don't have the stocks and resources to help everyone.

As always, the big message is BE PREPARED - see the advice on our website.

With ground already saturated, road closures are possible along the A6 corridor and farmers are warned to move livestock and hay bales from river areas.

District Council teams are on standby to respond to any emergency situation and have created sandbag hubs in hotspot areas.

Flood Warnings and activity

09:02 Friday January 22:

The Environment Agency has removed the Flood Warning on The River Wye at Ashford in the Water, Church Street area and Wye Bank and Milford at Bakewell.
08:47 Friday January 22:

The Environment Agency has removed the Flood Warning on The River Derwent at Darley Dale.
08:28 Friday January 22:

The Environment Agency has removed the Flood Warning on The River Derwent at Matlock Bath, Whatstandwell and Cromford including Lea Wood and Churchtown and Northwood.
17:31 Thursday January 21:

The Environment Agency (EA) reaffirmed its Flood Warning on the River Dove at Doveridge and Sudbury. Areas most at risk are properties between the A50 and Sudbury. Flooding is affecting the A515 at Aston Bridge and properties to the north of the A50 at Doveridge.


16:31 Thursday January 21:

The Environment Agency removed the Flood Warning on the Upper Derwent in Derbyshire.

11:27 Thursday January 21:

The Environment Agency removed the Flood Warning on the Rivers Derwent and Wye at Rowsley, reducing the number of active Flood Warnings in the district to 7.

11:02 Thursday January 21:

The Environment Agency removed the Flood Warning on the River Wye at Litton Mill, reducing the number of active Flood Warnings in the district to 8.

10:46 Thursday January 21:

The Environment Agency removed the Flood Warnings on the River Derwent at Grindleford, reducing the number of active Flood Warnings in the district to 9. They reported river levels in the area are falling, but still posed a flood risk, and standing water and debris may still remain.

10:32 Thursday January 21:

The Environment Agency removed the Flood Warnings on the River Derwent at Calver and Chatsworth. They reported river levels in the area are falling, but still posed a flood risk, and standing water and debris may still remain.

07:50 Thursday January 21:

County Council close the A6 Matlock town centre road between Crown Square and the Dimple junction, with flooding outside the M&S store. Our teams are currently helping with sandbagging. People advised not to travel unless absolutely essential. Check the County Council's full list of local road closures.

06:54 Thursday January 21:

The Environment Agency placed a new Flood Warning on the River Dove at Doverdge and Sudbury, taking the number of Flood Warnings in the Derbyshire Dales to 12.

Areas most are properties between the A50 and Sudbury. Flooding is affecting the A515 at Aston Bridge and properties to the north of the A50 at Doveridge.

03:05 Thursday January 21:

The Environment Agency (EA) placed a new Flood Warning on the River Derwent at Matlock Bath.

Areas most at risk include the Midland Hotel.

11 Flood Warnings are currently in force here in the Derbyshire Dales.

01:28 Thursday January 21:

The Environment Agency placed a new Flood Warning on the River Derwent at Churchtown and Northwood, including Harrison Way.

Areas most at risk include Rectory Farm and Hope Cottage, with a total of around 10-20 properties at risk.

It takes the number of Flood Warnings in our area to 10.

00:55 Thursday January 21:

The Environment Agency (EA) placed a new Flood Warning on the River Derwent at Whatstandwell - including Cromford and Lea Wood.

Areas of concern are low lying properties and the A6 at Cromford and - over the border into Amber Valley - Derwent Foundry and the Whatstandwell Caravan Site.

The EA state that the flood water could be deep and fast flowing, and therefore pose a risk to life.

This was the 9th Flood Warning to be activated in the Derbyshire Dales.

00:45 Thursday January 21:

The Environment Agency placed a new Flood Warning on the Rivers Derwent and Wye at Rowsley, taking the total of Flood Warnings in force here in the Derbyshire Dales to 8.

Areas of concern include the A6 road, the Sewage Farm, the Wye Farm and the Recreation Ground.


23:10 Wednesday January 20:

The Environment Agency placed new Flood Warnings on the River Derwent at Grindleford (including the B6521 road to Nether Padley), Chatsworth and Calver, including the caravan parks and riverside farms at Froggatt.

Residents are advised to move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety and turn off gas, electricity and water.

We have frontline teams on duty through the night, but many are currently dealing with a serious flooding issue at Bakewell.

23:00 Wednesday January 20:

Our team is battling with partner agencies, including Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, to protect residents in Bakewell's Wye Bank.

Flooding situation there is serious & being hampered by driving snow. Homes in the areas are losing power.

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21:40 Wednesday January 20:

The Environment Agency reinforced its earlier Flood Warning on the River Wye at Litton Mill.

River levels have risen again at the Buxton river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall and this means flooding of property is possible from now. Areas most at risk are Litton Mill and the A6.

We have frontline teams on duty through the night. Read our flood guidance and emergency contact information here.


15:15 Wednesday 20 January:

We've closed the river bridge from Dale Road into our Matlock Hall Leys Park

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Please do not attempt to use the broad walk in the park that runs by the River Derwent, which is currently flowing very quickly at a height of around 2.94m - a level at which property flooding in the area is possible.

The river at Matlock is now projected to hit a peak of 3.53m at around 7am tomorrow, below the height it reached in November 2019 (4.79m).

The Lower Derwent is currently subject to a Flood Alert status, which is a lower threat than a Flood Warning.

10:22 Wednesday 20 January: 

A Flood Warning in now in force on the River Derwent at Darley Dale - and this photo as the Warning was called shows the height at the time of the river at Darley Bridge.

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The Environment Agency says flooding is expected in the area at Stankirk, Flatts Farm and other isolated properties, with the Square & Compass pub at risk. The County Council closed the B5057 road before midday.

Our teams are checking on at-risk properties.


08:20 Wednesday 20 January: 

A Flood Warning was issued by the Environment Agency (EA) on the River Wye at Asford in the Water. Flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible, and the areas at most risk are the Church Street area and the A6 road.

The advice is to move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety.

Our teams are checking on properties close to the river there.

River levels have risen at the Ashford river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall.

Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours and the EA are closely monitoring the situation, with staff patrolling local watercourses.


08:15 Wednesday 20 January:

A Flood Warning was issued by the Environment Agency (EA) on the River Wye at Wye Bank and Milford, Bakewell. Flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible, and the areas at most risk are Wye Bank, Brook Side and Milford.

The advice is to move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety.

Our teams are checking on properties close to the river there.

River levels have risen at the Ashford river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall.

Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours and the EA are closely monitoring the situation, with staff patrolling local watercourses.

 06:00 Wednesday 20 January:

A Flood Warning was issued by the Environment Agency (EA) on the River Wye at Litton Mill, which means immediate action is required.

Our teams immediately checked on properties close to the river there.

River levels have risen at the Buxton river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall, meaning flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible. Areas most at risk are Litton Mill and A6 at Buxton.

Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours and the EA are closely monitoring the situation.

While they do not expect any properties will be affected in this flood warning area, their advice is to move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety and turn off gas, electricity and water.



The Amber weather warning across the whole of the county means communities across the Derbyshire Dales need to be on flood alert over the coming days.

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