Checking on residents in flood-hit areas

Neighbourhoods staff from Derbyshire Dales District Council will be knocking on doors in flood affected areas in the coming days to check on the welfare of local people.

The visits will happen from 9am tomorrow (22 February) in Bakewell, Matlock Bath, Rowsley, Litton, Grindleford, Darley Bridge and Wenslees.

The team, who will wear Covid masks and only enter a property in an emergency situation, will show official Derbyshire Dales District Council ID staff badges. They will be focusing on residents who called the District Council's emergency floodline number.

In just 24 hours District Council response teams, who worked around the clock from first thing on Sunday, distributed around 2,000 sandbags to at-risk properties. Emergency sandbag hubs were set up in hotspot areas across the Derbyshire Dales.

Around 50 tonnes of sand was used - and the response team were out again in the district during the day on Monday, patrolling flood-hit areas with sandbags on their trucks and checking river levels.

District Council Chief Executive Paul Wilson said:
"Once again this has been a phenomenal team effort. Flooding over the past 24 hours has been at a similar level to the challenges we encountered in November 2019. At one stage on Sunday there were 15 Flood Warnings in the Dales, from Hathersage in the north to Doveridge in the south.
"I am tremendously proud of the way our staff willingly responded to this emergency with partner agencies - not only those frontline staff who literally protected lives on Sunday into Monday, but the many support staff behind the scenes who coordinated the operation."

Information on flood prevention can be found on the District Council's website at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/flooding

Any social care needs should be directed through Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.

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Neighbourhoods staff from Derbyshire Dales District Council will be knocking on doors in flood affected areas in the coming days to check on the welfare of local people.

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