11 January 2016   Press Release




Residents are being urged by Derbyshire County Council to find out if their area is at risk from flooding and to be prepared for any future heavy rainfall.   Around five million people in England and Wales live in areas that are in danger of flooding – with one in six homes at risk.    The county council is the lead local flood authority in Derbyshire and works with other councils and agencies to support people affected by flooding from some streams or brooks or water running off roads and fields into properties. The Environment Agency is responsible for issues caused by river floods. Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Dave Allen said: “Flooding can cause a huge amount of damage, not only to homes and shops, but to people and communities too.  “It’s vital for residents to know whether their area could be affected and to take steps to keep their homes and families safe.  “We’re encouraging everyone to check their personal flood risk and use the services we have available to make preparations.” Sandbags can be used to stop or limit flood water entering a home or business and are a simple, effective way to protect property. Residents are advised to have them filled and ready for use rather than trying to obtain and fill them as water rises.  The county council helps to distribute sandbags around Derbyshire – working with district, borough and some parish councils so they can be dropped off where they are needed most.  Residents can pick up a free pack of ten empty sandbags from 26 outlets across Derbyshire including leisure centres, town halls and county council libraries. Packs are limited to one per household but requests for further packs will be considered in certain cases. People who are unable to get to a collection point can request a pack at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/contactus  Residents can also register with the Environment Agency to receive free flood warnings either by telephone, text or email at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency    More information about flood risk and being prepared along with useful contacts can be found at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/flooding
Information posted January 10th 2016  –  currently a pack of empty sandbags can be collected from New Mills and Hayfield libraries  (and similar venues)  Note they will need filling

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