Matlock town centre was hit by flash floods in the early hours of Friday morning. Thankfully the floodwater had gone by the morning rush-hour and the focus for our streets and parks teams during the day on Friday is clearing and cleaning post flood debris and mud.
We are also providing sandbags for residents and those most in need and are in regular contact with our Emergency Planning colleagues at Derbyshire County Council, who are also dealing with sandbagging (mainly around highways) and other flood-related issues.
We will try and support local businesses where possible, but given the amount work our crews are already undertaking, we would advise they make their own arrangements.
While we will always try to help vulnerable residents, our advice to anyone concerned that their home is at risk of flooding is to buy sandbags from a hardware store. You can also use pillow cases, refuse sacks and carrier bags. Sand can be purchased from DIY stores, but please note that garden soil can be used.
Fill the bag with garden soil and then stamp down so there are no gaps, and it will do the same job. The important thing is that they get heavy really quickly, so don't overfill them. Then just tuck the open end under the bag. In anything other than a severe flood, a height of two sandbags is usually enough, overlapping like bricks in a wall, with a plastic sheet or bin bag laid on the ground underneath.
We will have a small team operating again on Sunday, but only dealing with issues referred by the Emergency Planning Team at Derbyshire County Council. The Call Derbyshire telephone number is 01629 533190.