Police reassure Whaley Bridge residents amidst severe weather warnings this weekend

Assurance is being given to the community of Whaley Bridge and surrounding areas that appropriate measures are in place for the heavy rainfall expected this weekend.

Predicted forecasts for the High Peak area this weekend from the Met Office are that an amber warning is in place and localised flooding could be expected.

The Canal and River Trust are monitoring the water levels in Toddbrook Reservoir and officers say if the water reaches a level of concern the residents in the evacuation zone will be the first to know.

Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann said: “The ongoing multi-agency work means that we are in a much better position to react to any risks from the dam and any rainfall that may cause local flooding.”

A multi-agency hub is in place at Whaley Bridge Primary School, 45 Buxton Road, Whaley Bridge, SK23 7HX for residents and businesses.

There are representatives from High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire police, Electricity North West, Cadent Gas, United Utilities, social care, Environment Agency and mental health services. This will remain in place for the next six days.

A website has been set up by Derbyshire County Council where people can visit for further information, this is www.derbyshire.gov.uk/whaleybridge

Police officers and staff will also be in the area for the next six days to assist with any queries from residents and businesses.

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