While we will always try to help vulnerable residents, our advice to anyone concerned that their home is at risk 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 instead.
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.
Heavy rain and strong winds often topping 50mph are forecast for the Derbyshire Dales between late morning on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Read more advice on our website at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/flooding