Flood alert issued for parts of Derbyshire

A flood alert has been issued for the River Wye in Derbyshire as Storm Francis lashes the county.

The Government Flood Information Service issued the warning at 6.30pm today.

River levels are forecast to rise at the Ashford river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall.

Flood alert for River Wye

Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is expected to begin between 8pm and 10pm today, Tuesday August 25.

Areas most at risk are low-lying agricultural land and roads including Ashford and Bakewell areas.

Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours.

The warning adds: “We expect river levels to begin rising at 19:00 on 25/08/20.

“We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low-lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low-lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.

"This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.”