Storm Ciara hits the Dales

Storm Ciara has forced the cancellation of our Monday stallmarket in Bakewell and there were Flood Warnings on some local waterways, with flooding likely, and road disruptions too.

With winds of more than 40mph forecast to continue into Monday, we've taken the decision to cancel our award-winning stallmarket in Bakewell.

An Environment Agency (EA) Flood Warning was in force from Sunday afternoon on the Henmore Brook in Ashbourne, with flooding a threat in the town centre and Sturston Mill area. The Warning was removed on Sunday evening.

As a precaution our teams delivered two pallets of sandbags to our Shaw Croft car park - by the toilet block - for use by local residents and businesses at most risk. We are urging people to only take what they need.

Please note also that it's easy to make your own "sandbags" at home simply by filling pillowcases, plastic refuse sacks or even carrier bags with garden soil.

Fill the bag with soil and then stamp down so there are no gaps, and it will do the same job as a sandbag. 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.

An earlier Flood Warning for the River Wye at Litton Mill and Cressbrook was also removed by the EA on Sunday evening.

The Environment Agency also issued on Sunday afternoon a Flood Alert for the Lower Derwent and its tributaries from Rowsley down to the River Trent at Shardlow. An Alert isn't as serious as a Flood Warning, but people living in low lying areas near the river are urged to be prepared as river levels are forecast to rise.

Derbyshire Police reported issues with fallen trees across the county and traffic lights were put on the A623 at Stoney Middleton after County Council engineers assessed the damage caused by rock fall.

Report flooding in your area to the EA on 0845 850 3518.

For flood protection advice go to www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/flooding
 
Storm Ciara has forced the cancellation of our Monday stallmarket in Bakewell and there were Flood Warnings on some local waterways, with flooding likely, and road disruptions too.

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