Derbyshire braced for floods

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Experts are warning of flash floods in parts of Derbyshire - with a month’s rain set to fall in one day.

Two bands of heavy rain are expected to hit on Friday and early Saturday, with transport links and properties potentially affected.

The Environment Agency has issued three alerts for Derbyshire rivers and warned people to be prepared for possible flooding.

The alerts apply to the River Rother from Chesterfield to Staveley, the River Doe Lea from Hardwick Hall to Staveley and the River Rother from Renishaw to Rotherham.

Craig Woolhouse, the Environment Agency’s head of flood incident management, said: “We are expecting some very significant flooding in the coming days across large parts of the country and would strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on the forecasts for their area and be prepared.”

The agency has opened incident rooms and has teams out checking on flood defences and clearing any blockages to reduce risks as much as possible.

Members of the public are advised to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water.

If you are affected by the possible flooding and have any pictures, phone 01246 504526 or email michael.broomhead@derbyshiretimes.co.uk

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