Rain overnight and into this morning means that a number of flood alerts are in place in Derbyshire today, Wednesday, November 23. Rivers Derwent, Trent and Erewash in Derbyshire are being monitored carefully by the Environment Agency.
Flooding is likely along these watercourses and so drivers and pedestrians are being advised to take measures to protect themselves from risk. Areas considered most at risk include low-lying fields, pathways and roads close to rivers at risk of flooding.
The Environment Agency advises that anyone affected by an alert should sign up for flood warnings, have a bag ready with vital items such as insurance documents and medication in case you need to leave your home, be sure they know how to turn off gas, electricity and water supplies, and plan how to move family and pets to safety. You can keep up to date with the latest flood risk updates online, by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by following the Environment Agency on Twitter through @EnvAgency or by using #floodaware.
The three flood alerts currently in place in Derbyshire are:
Lower Derwent, near Church Wilne, Draycott and Wilne Lane between Draycott and Sawley: River levels are high at the Church Wilne river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall on Monday. Further rainfall is forecast over the next few hours. Consequently, river levels are forecast to have a small rise this morning and flooding of roads and farmland is still possible today.
River Trent in Derbyshire: River levels are high but generally steady at the Willington and Shardlow river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall on Monday. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. Areas most at risk are low-lying agricultural land and roads including Willington, Barrow upon Trent, Swarkestone, Bargate Lane, and the access roads to Willington Meadows, the Twyford Village access road, Church Lane at Barrow, and Ingleby Lane. Further rainfall is forecast over the next few hours. River levels are expected to remain high for the next couple of days. The Environment Agency is closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low-lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low-lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.
River Erewash in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire: River levels have risen at Shipley Gate river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland was expected to continue overnight. Areas most at risk are low-lying agricultural land and roads around Pinxton, including the Pinxton Wharf access road, Langley Mill, Ilkeston, Stapleford, and the recreation area at Sandiacre.
A number of flood alert warnings have been removed since yesterday, Tuesday, November 22: Bottle Brook, in Little Eaton; Lower Dove and Egginton brooks, in South Derbyshire; River Amber, in New Road and Ripley Road, Sawmills; River Wye, from Burbage to the River Derwent; River Trent, from Newton Solney to Castle Donington, and tributaries in North Derbyshire, including the Rivers Noe, Derwent and Wye in North Derbyshire including Grinds Brook, Peakshole Water, Bradwell Brook, Stoke Brook, Bar Brook, Tideswell Brook, Warney Brook, Bentley Brook, Via Gellia and Lea Brook.