DERBYSHIRE: Stretch of road now open after flooding

Flooded Matlock Road earlier this week.
Flooded Matlock Road earlier this week.
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A section of the main road between Chesterfield and Matlock which was closed because of flooding has re-opened.

The A632 Matlock Road had been closed between Acorn Ridge in Walton and the Darley Road junction since yesterday lunchtime because of floodwater and a collapsed wall.

Within the last hour it re-opened to single-file traffic under traffic light control after Derbyshire County Council carried out work to remove the rubble and unblock a damaged drain.

A council spokesman said: “The arrangements are temporary until floodwater subsides and permanent repairs can be carried out.

“With further heavy rain forecast the situation is being closely monitored.

“Motorists are being warned that delays are still expected on the route.”

There are reports of surface water flooding on several routes across the county, including the A6 between Bakewell and Buxton and the A619 between Baslow and Chesterfield.

A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “Drivers are being urged to take extra care.”

This morning, the River Wye in Bakewell was close to bursting its banks.

The Environment Agency last night warned residents living in the Ashford and Bakewell areas to expect flooding tonight as the river rises.

For information on how to protect yourself and your home from flooding, log on to www.environment-agency.gov.uk

If you get any pictures or video of flooding, email michael.broomhead@jpress.co.uk