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70 tonnes of sand used already!

A week after the Derbyshire Dales flooded the District Council has to date used almost 70 tonnes of sand in distributing 2,700 sandbags to the worst hit areas.

With up to 40-45mm of rain predicted to fall in the coming hours, an additional 10 tonnes of sand has been ordered.

The Met Office's yellow weather warning for severe rain into the early hours of Friday means that our operations team are likely to be working into the night again.

They worked through last weekend, filling and distributing sandbags, and it’s been a non-stop daily operation, while other District Council staff have been out and about knocking on the doors of homes and businesses affected by the floods, offering assistance.

But it's a multi-agency response, with tactical and strategic coordination groups that are meeting daily. In addition to the District Council, the groups include Derbyshire Constabulary, the Environment Agency, Derbyshire County Council and Severn Trent.

These groups direct the operational effort, prioritising work to help vulnerable residents living in at-risk areas.

In the past two days, the District Council has created sandbag hubs in hotspot areas including Matlock, Matlock Bath, Grindleford, Rowsley, Beeley, Northwood, Baslow and Darley Bridge.

Local town and parish councils are organising distribution from the sandbag hubs, ensuring that their communities get the help they need.

But no-one should rely on receiving or being able to access free sandbags. The District Council's work is being done on a voluntary basis and our key message to local residents and businesses is to get yourselves prepared.

Protect your home or business now by buying sandbags and sand from a local hardware store. Alternatively, in an emergency, you can use pillow cases, refuse sacks or plastic carrier bags filled with garden soil.

Also, sign up for free flood alert updates at www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings and find more flooding advice on our website at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/flooding

There's also a dedicated flooding information page on the County Council's website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/floodinginderbyshire

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A week after the Derbyshire Dales flooded the District Council has to date used almost 70 tonnes of sand in distributing 2,700 sandbags to the worst hit areas.

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