Terrible weather causes chaos

summer scene: Jane Hardwick took this picture of a rather wintry-looking Holymoorside.
summer scene: Jane Hardwick took this picture of a rather wintry-looking Holymoorside.
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Flash floods brought misery for Derbyshire folk over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Emergency services received a number of calls from residents across the county after torrential downpours triggered the floods on Saturday.

Claire Fox, of Brampton, has been left counting the cost after her cellar flooded, ruining a number of items including baby clothes, a rug and winter coats.

She described the situation as a “nightmare” and estimated the deluge had caused up to £300 worth of damage.

In Holymoorside, villagers reported seeing hailstones the size of marbles while one quick-thinking resident rescued two fish which were swept away from her neighbour’s pond.

Meanwhile, motorists faced traffic chaos on Saturday night after the flooded A617 from Temple Normanton to junction 29 of the M1 was shut.

And scores of Derbyshire revellers had to make a dramatic escape from the dance music festival Creamfields which was called off on Sunday after the site in Cheshire became flooded following heavy rain.

Kayleigh Freeman said: “It was ridiculously wet and muddy.

“We left first thing on Sunday morning as our tents became boats.”

Weather forecasters said conditions look set to improve as September approaches.