Flood alert issued for Derbyshire river due to heavy rain

A flood alert has been issued for a Derbyshire river amid heavy rainfall.

The Environment Agency has warned the River Trent in Derbyshire and the surrounding area could flood later on Wednesday, January 14.

It comes as heavy rainfall is expected to flood roads and farmland in the Willington and Shardlow river gauges.

The alert covers long stretches of the river in South Derbyshire including those in places such as Repton, Swarkestone, Weston upon Trent and Barrow upon Trent.

It also includes associated waterways in parts of Derby such as those in Sinfin Moor, Shelton Lock and Chellaston.

People are being warned to avoid low-lying roads and footpaths near the river.

On the Flood Warning Information Service website, it states further rainfall over the next 30 hours could see the alert extended.

“River levels have risen at the Willington and Shardlow river gauges as a result of heavy rainfall.,” it said.

“Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is expected today, January 13.

“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.

“Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 30 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation.

“Please plan driving routes to avoid low-lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low-lying footpaths near local watercourses.”

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