Drought zone rivers flooded

River keeper Warren Slaney is responsible for four of Derbyshire's iconic trout rivers and is delighted that the recent heavy rains have ended fears of a drought.
River keeper Warren Slaney is responsible for four of Derbyshire's iconic trout rivers and is delighted that the recent heavy rains have ended fears of a drought.
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RELENTLESS rain has caused four Derbyshire rivers to flood – even though the county is in a drought.

The rivers Wye, Bradford, Lathkill and Derwent are brimming as a result of heavy April showers.

The surprising news came just a week after the Environment Agency announced that Derbyshire had entered official drought status following the fifth driest March in a century.

Warren Slaney, who is in charge of the rivers, said: “There’s no drought here.

“Usually in April we have about 40mm of rain but so far this month we’ve had 135mm of it – I’ve never seen anything like that.

“The water is tumbling down the rivers which is fantastic news as we were looking at coming up with emergency plans to deal with any dry conditions,” he added.

Warren, who is based at Haddon Hall estate near Bakewell, said the relentless showers meant the rivers would be fine for the summer and added that fish were thriving.

He said: “We’re making sure the high water levels don’t affect any properties.”

Seven Trent, which supplies water to thousands of households across Derbyshire, said it is not predicting a hosepipe ban this year despite the drought.

Trevor Bishop, head of water resources at the Environment Agency, said: “In true bank holiday spirit the weather turned wet for the Easter holidays and it doesn’t seem to have stopped since.

“So is there still a drought? The answer is yes – it’s going to take more than a week or two of rain to undo the effects of nearly two years of below average rainfall,” he added.

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