Five flood warnings for Derbyshire – with more rain on the way

Five flood warnings have been issued for Derbyshire as heavy rainfall could cause rivers to burst their banks.

The Environment Agency has released alerts for the River Erewash, River Trent, River Wye, Bottle Brook and Lower Dove Brooks and Egginton Brook – with large parts of the county at risk of flooding.

Travel issues are expected as roads risk becoming submerged under water, and residents have been warned to prepare for the potential flooding of homes.

Low-lying agricultural land and roads around Pinxton, Langley Mill and Ilkeston could see burst banks between 7.30am and 6pm today as water levels remain high in the River Erewash.

The Environment Agency has deployed incident response staff to patrol the area, with locals told to avoid using footpaths and roads near watercourses.

Water levels are expected to remain high until tomorrow as heavy rain continues throughout the day.

There are similar risks for Ashford and Bakewell as the River Wye could overflow.

Flooding on roads and farmland is likely in the area as residents are told to plan driving routes carefully, with officials closely monitoring the situation.

And several villages in South Derbyshire could be hit by rising water levels, with the Willington and Shardlow river gauges under pressure as a result of persistent rainfall.

This could create travel problems in Willington, Barrow upon Trent and Swarkestone, although properties are not expected to be affected at this time.

Farmlands and roads in the Kilburn and Little Eaton area are also under threat as the Bottle Brook looks set to burst.

Likewise for low-lying land adjacent to the Foston Brook, Hilton Brook and Egginton Brook, with Lower Dove Brooks and Egginton Brook close to overflowing.

Weather experts have told residents in all affected areas to be prepared for the potential flooding of homes.

This means taking steps such as prepping a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents and regularly checking weather updates.

The warning comes as further rainfall is expected for the entirety of the county until this evening, according to a forecast from the Met Office.

 

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