Floods and chaos after storm strikes

Flood water covers the pitch at Darley Dale Cricket Club.
Flood water covers the pitch at Darley Dale Cricket Club.

Wet and windy weather battered the Dales over the weekend.

Flood warnings were put in place and emergency services reported collisions, fallen trees and accidents across the area.

Tonnes of debris block the arches under Darley Bridge, scene of the flooding after two days of torrential rain.

Tonnes of debris block the arches under Darley Bridge, scene of the flooding after two days of torrential rain.

Several premises were swamped by the waters, among them was the Square and Compass, in Darley Bridge, where the Derwent left the ground floor of the pub under four inches of water.

Landlord Mike Page said the flood had caused around £10,000 of damage and they were left with a huge clean-up job.

The pub has flood gates at all the entrances but the water came up through the floor.

Mr Page added: “It’s left a mess. We had four inches of water through out the pub. It’s been very inconvenient.”

steaming on: Peak Rail's engine steams out of Matlock as flood water rises around the track.

steaming on: Peak Rail's engine steams out of Matlock as flood water rises around the track.

Old Road, Station Road and the bridge in Darley Bridge were shut on Sunday due to the floods.

But Cllr Colin Swindell criticised the county council’s response to the chaos and said he tried calling the council’s Call Derbyshire emergency line but the office was closed.

He added: “There was absolutely no communication with residents and no strategy in place. Everybody was left in the dark. There are a lot of questions to be answered.”

A spokeswoman for the county council said officers had been sent out on Monday to speak to residents and make sure they had all the information and safety advice they needed.

FLOODS: Matlock under water at the weekend.

FLOODS: Matlock under water at the weekend.

She added: “We did our best to help people and hand out sand bags but homeowners who live in areas susceptible to flooding need to take precautions and be prepared.”

Firefighters were called in to deal with flooding at The Railway Hotel, Matlock.

And Buxton Mountain Rescue Team helped a 63-year-old woman who fell in the Peak District. She injured her ankle while descending Monks Dale on Saturday afternoon and was carried down by stretcher.