Environment Agency issues flood alerts for Derbyshire amid heavy rain

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The Environment Agency has issued 42 flood alerts and 12 flood warnings for the Derbyshire area today as heavy rains continue to fall.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water and plan driving routes to avoid low-lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.

"Our incident response staff are patrolling watercourses in the area."

Residents near Bolsover Coking Works and Netherthorpe have been instructed to activate flood plans due to high risk levels on the River Doe Lea.

The Church Street area at Ashford in the Water and the A6 at Buxton are seriously threatened by the River Wye.

The lower River Rother could cause issues around Killamarsh and Eckington, moving down to Wingerworth, Grassmoor, Lower Pilsley, while the River Hipper may cause problems to the west in Holymoorside.

The Rivers Wye and Amber are threatening areas around Bakewell and Bullbridge respectively.

Flooding of low-lying roads and agricultural land around Pinxton are thought to be at risk from rising levels on the River Erewash around midday. That includes parts of Langley Mill, Ilkeston, Stapleford, and the recreation ground at Sandiacre.

Long Eaton and areas to the south are at risk from River Trent.

Communities along the River Derwent have been cautioned too, particularly Darley Dale, Cromford, Matlock, Whatstandwell, Belper, Duffield, Milford, Little Eaton, and the B5057 between Darley Bridge and Two Dales Road.

Alerts have also been issued for the River Ecclesbourne and Bottle Brook near Belper, and the Upper Dove in the southern Peak District.

Derbyshire Dales District Council has cancelled the Matlock Bath Illuminations for Saturday, but says Sunday's event may still go ahead.

For full details, go to https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings?location=+Derbyshire​.