Flooding - be prepared

Local rivers here in the Derbyshire Dales were in flood on Sunday (20 February) - and our message to residents living in at-risk areas was to be prepared.

We had a small team of District Council volunteers sandbagging in areas of most need throughout the ay and into the night during this flood threat. While we always try to help the most vulnerable with sandbags and support, we don't have the stocks and resources to help everyone.

If you haven't already purchased sandbags, you can use readily available materials around the home that will do the same job. See more about this on our website at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/flooding where there's also a floodline number on that webpage that should be used only if your property is in immediate danger of flooding.

Sign up for free Flood Warnings from the Environment Agency at www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings

In preparation for the flooding threat on Sunday we put in place sandbagging points in Litton, Bakewell, Rowsley, Darley Bridge, Matlock, Matlock Bath and Cromford. 

Flood warnings

08:47 Sunday:
The first of today's anticipated Flood Warnings has been issued by the Environment Agency on the River Wye at Ashford in the Water. Flooding expected around Church Street, including The Duke's Drive and Court Lane. WITHDRAWN 08:01 TUESDAY.

09:18 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Wye at Bakewell. Flooding expected at Wye Bank and Milford, including Wye Bank Grove. WITHDRAWN 07:55 TUESDAY

09:49 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Derwent at Grindleford, including the B6521 to Nether Padley. WITHDRAWN 11:18 MONDAY.

10:01 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Derwent at Hathersage. WITHDRAWN 09:55 MONDAY.

10:26 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Derwent at Chatsworth. WITHDRAWN 11:29 MONDAY.

10:39 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Derwent at Darley Dale. WITHDRAWN 15:38 TUESDAY 08:52.

10:57 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Derwent at Calver, including the Caravan Parks and the riverside farms at Froggatt. WITHDRAWN 11:23 MONDAY.

15:40 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Derwent at Litton Mill, including Millers Dale. WITHDRAWN 11:45 MONDAY.

15:45 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the Rivers Wye and Derwent at Rowsley. WITHDRAWN 12:13 MONDAY.

16:09 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Derwent at Churchtown/Northwood. WITHDRAWN 15:38 MONDAY.

16:35 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the Henmore Brook at Ashbourne. WITHDRAWN 18:46 SUNDAY.

16:39 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Derwent at Baslow & Bubnell. WITHDRAWN 11:24 MONDAY.

16:53 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the Upper Dove between Carsington Dam and Mayfield near Izaak Walton. WITHDRAWN 08:45 TUESDAY.

17:08 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the Lower Dove (Doveridge river gauge). WITHDRAWN 08:36 TUESDAY.

18:42 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the Whatstandwell river gauge, including Cromford. WITHDRAWN 15:39 MONDAY.

19:27 Sunday:
New Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Wye at Ashford in the Water. WITHDRAWN 12:15 MONDAY.

19:44 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Derwent at Darley Bridge. WITHDRAWN 11:55 MONDAY.

19:49 Sunday:
Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Derwent at Matlock Bath. WITHDRAWN 18:29 MONDAY

20:13 Sunday:
New Flood Warning issued by the Environment Agency on the River Wye at Bakewell for properties around Riverside Business Park, Holme Lane, Bridge Street and Haddon Road. WITHDRAWN 12:20 MONDAY.


Other important things to note:
  • Do not walk or drive through flood water
  • In a flash flood most injuries - and even deaths - happen when people try to cross flood water on foot or in a vehicle.
  • It only takes 15cm of fast flowing water to knock an adult over and only 60cms of water to lift and sweep away a 4 x 4 or small lorry.
  • There may also be hidden dangers in the water like rubble and exposed drains.
  • Plan where to go if you get caught in a flash flood
  • If you are in a building with at least two storeys and believe you are safe to stay where you are then you should move to a higher floor and wait for instructions from the emergency services.
  • If you are in vulnerable accommodation like a bungalow or basement without access to higher floors, or if you are outside, you should seek shelter in the nearest two-storey building or find higher ground.
  • Call 999 if you are trapped.
Local rivers here in the Derbyshire Dales are expected to be in flood overnight into Sunday - and our message to residents living in at-risk areas is please be prepared.

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