Derby flood defences ‘struggle’ as fast-flowing water dangerously ‘leaks’ through wall


FLOODS in Derbyshire has caused the River Derwent to rise to “dangerous” levels as new footage shows water “leaving” through a wall.

A month’s worth of rain fell on the area on Friday as the River Derwent burst its banks. As a result, roads are closed and homes and businesses have been flooded. It comes as Derbyshire Police confirmed that a woman has died during the devastating floods.

They confirmed she was recovered from flood water in Darley Dale after officers were called in the early hours of the morning.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “Awful to see the terrible flooding across the North of England.

“Thank you to the emergency staff & volunteers helping families through this difficult time.”

New footage on social media has shown the flood water is still dangerous next to the river.

BBC reporter Chris Doidge capture the video as he said: “Signs that the flood defences are struggling near the Exeter Arms and Darwin Place in Derby.”

One Twitter user said: “Leaking.”

Another added: “I don’t believe any flood defences do it easily. Surely it’s better having none!”

A number of flood warnings were active in Derbyshire on Friday, including for the River Derwent at Ambaston Lane, Ambergate, Belper, Calver, Chatsworth, Darley Dale, Duffield, Matlock Bath, Raynesway, and Whatstandwell.

Further flood gates have also been closed at Duke Street and St Mary’s Place.

A Derby City Council statement has been issued and reads: “The river levels have risen overnight and during this morning causing areas of localised flooding along the Lower Derwent north of the city centre.

“We have closed flood gates at Haslams Lane, Waterside Inn, Darley Playing Fields and the Sowter Road Pumping Station.

“The swing bridge next to the Silk Mill has been closed to pedestrians.”

Mike Westhead, 55, of Horsley Woodhouse, works at the National Trust and said it’s the “worst floods” he has ever seen.

He told Derbyshire Telegraph: “It’s certainly something I’ve never seen in 55 years living locally.

“It’s scary how just 24 hours of rain can cause such chaos.”

The view was echoed by Sally Stone, 71, who said she’s seen nothing like “since the 60s”.


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