Be prepared for possible repeat of the floods

Your District Council, whose staff worked around the clock tackling last week's floods, are urging local residents and businesses to be ready for a possible repeat.

Staff volunteers worked through the night on Thursday into Friday, sandbagging properties at immediate risk as the floods that threatened to cause devastation in Grindleford, Hathersage, Baslow and Rowsley made their way downstream to Darley Bridge, Darley Dale, Matlock and Matlock Bath.

During the night the team used seven tonnes of sand and 350 sandbags, replenishing sand stocks when local suppliers opened their doors early on Friday.

Now District Council chief executive Paul Wilson's message to local people and businesses whose properties are situated on floodplains is to be prepared next time around.
He said: "I am incredibly proud of the voluntary work of my staff who battled through the night in horrendous conditions. I would stress this is not work we are obliged to do, but clearly we wanted to do everything in our power to protect the properties of local residents and businesses.
"There is however a lot local people can do now to help themselves, not least of which is to stock up with sandbags and to sign up for the Government's free text, email and phone flood alerts at

"While we will always try to help vulnerable residents, our advice to anyone concerned that their home or business is at risk of flooding is to buy sandbags from a hardware store. In an emergency pillow cases, refuse sacks and carrier bags can be used. Sand can be bought from DIY stores, but garden soil can be used as an alternative."
The District Council is in the coming days making available a number of filled sandbags at local "hubs" in those areas that suffered most in Friday's floods.
"This is a goodwill gesture and all we would ask is that local people in those areas most at flooding risk take only what they need, so there are enough sandbags to go around," said Paul.

The District Council's Clean & Green Team also worked on Saturday to make sure the Cenotaph area at Matlock's Hall Leys Park was cleaned up so that Sunday's Remembrance Day Parade and Service could take place as planned - and the cleanup operations continued this week in other flood-hit areas.

Your District Council, whose staff worked around the clock tackling last week

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