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Derbyshire residents told to prepare for more flooding this week

High water levels at Jubilee Bridge, Matlock Bath- Derbyshire Dales District Council

Local authorities and the environment agency have issued statements urging residents to be prepared for more flooding, with further rain forecast in the coming days

The Environment Agency say they have been constantly monitoring, warning and informing, pumping water as well as teams on the ground dealing with blockages and other debris clearing needs around the clock over the last week.

 In Derbyshire, 9 properties and 30 businesses have been confirmed flooded.

The agency says those who have been flooded should contact their insurance company and follow their advice. If you haven’t got insurance, the National Flood Forum can offer help and support on 01299 403055.

Those who are flooded may also want to consider ‘Flood Re’, which is a joint initiative between the government and insurers. Its aim is to make the flood cover part of household insurance policies more affordable

A statement also said: "Unfortunately with the ground completely saturated and more heavy rain forecast for the area, there is a high probability that more people and businesses will be affected in the coming weeks and possibly months."

Louise Cresswell the East Midlands Area Manager at the Environment Agency said: “Flooding has a devastating impact on people’s lives. Our thoughts are with those who have been flooded and those waiting to return to their homes. Our top priority is the safety of residents and working with our partners to get people back into their homes as soon as possible.”

“Further rain on Thursday and Friday may bring severe impacts from surface water and river flooding to parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.”

“After the very wet autumn, rivers will respond quickly to further rain and the Environment Agency is planning for the impacts of further rainfall.”

“Our incident rooms remain open 24 hours a day and we are continuing to work closely with local authorities and partners.”

“People should remain vigilant, follow the advice of the emergency services, check their flood risk and plan to stay safe. We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk or drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”

Derbyshire Dales District Council are also urging local residents and businesses to be ready for a possible repeat.

Staff volunteers worked through the night on Thursday into Friday, sandbagging properties at immediate risk as the floods that threatened to
cause devastation in Grindleford, Hathersage, Baslow and Rowsley made their way downstream to Darley Bridge, Darley Dale, Matlock and Matlock
Bath.

During the night the team used seven tonnes of sand and 350 sandbags, replenishing sand stocks when local suppliers opened their doors early on
Friday.

Now District Council chief executive Paul Wilson's message to local people and businesses whose properties are situated on floodplains is to be prepared next time around.

He said: "I am incredibly proud of the voluntary work of my staff who battled through the night in horrendous conditions. I would stress this is not work we are obliged to do, but clearly we wanted to do everything in our power to protect the properties of local residents and businesses.

"There is however a lot local people can do now to help themselves, not least of which is to stock up with sandbags and to sign up for the Government's free text, email and phone flood alerts.

"While it will always try to help vulnerable residents, their advice to anyone concerned that their home or business is at risk of flooding is to buy sandbags from a hardware store. In an emergency pillow cases, refuse sacks and carrier bags can be used. Sand can be bought from DIY stores, but garden soil can be used as an alternative.

"The District Council is in the coming days making available a number of filled sandbags at local 'hubs'; in those areas that suffered most in Friday's floods."

"This is a goodwill gesture and all they would ask is that local people in those areas most at flooding risk take only what they need, so there are enough sandbags to go around."

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