Heavy rain causes hazards for commuters

Pictured is flooding on Monday morning, November 26, around The Royal Oak pub, in Barlow, near Chesterfield.
Pictured is flooding on Monday morning, November 26, around The Royal Oak pub, in Barlow, near Chesterfield.

DERBYSHIRE was deluged with rain over the last few days causing flooding on rural roads and making conditions hazardous for pedestrians and motorists.

The emergency services did not highlight any major problems or incidents for our region - north and mid Derbyshire and the Peak District - as a result of the weather.

But standing water, blocked drains and flooding were evident for every commuter during today’s rush hour, November 26, especially in villages like Barlow and Ashford-in-the-Water.

Rainfall records for Derbyshire, from the Met Office’s weather station in Coton-in-the-Elms, Derbyshire, recorded 26.6mm of rain over the weekend and 69.4mm of rain between November 19 and November 26.

A Met Office spokesman said: “The average rainfall for the month for Derbyshire is 56.9mm and most of that has come in the last six or seven days.

“The amount of rainfall we’ve seen is not unusual or remarkable or unprecedented but because we’ve had a very wet summer the ground has been wet and the rivers are quicker to respond to rain and it’s created a lot more water run-off.

“Wetter ground means there is no where for more rain to go and it’s running off and causing problems on roads, railways and for properties.”

Ashford-in-the-Water suffered flooding on roads and in the village, Barlow including the Royal Oak pub suffered flooded roads and standing water, Station Road, at Clowne, was also flooded and Hornsbridge roundabout, at Chesterfield, was swamped with water.

However, The Met Office did say Derbyshire is heading into a drier but colder period of weather with some showers but nothing like what we have seen in the last few days.

The Met Office has warned though that rain may be moving northwards and there have been 230 Environment Agency flood warnings and 300 flood alerts in England and Wales and two flood alerts in Scotland.

This weekend 816 homes have been flooded in England and two people have died in storms in Exeter and Cambridgeshire.