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Rural roads shut after heavy rain

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

  • 09/01/14 Flooding South Derbyshire Flooding....Leathersley Lane, Scropton

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MOTORISTS were forced to find alternative routes after heavy rainfall forced authorities to close some rural roads in South Derbyshire.

Highways bosses at Derbyshire County Council closed roads in Findern, Rosliston, Hatton, Walton and Grangewood after low-lying roads were flooded.

The localised flooding occurred on low-lying country roads after almost two weeks of heavy downpours in the district.

Fiona O’Brian, 53, of Main Street, Rosliston, told the Mail said some commuters and parents on the school run struggled to navigate the flooded road outside her house.

She said: “When we got up the flooding was quite deep. I think one side was deeper than the other.

“Cars were going through but they had to go through carefully but there was one school buses was not keen to get through.

“There were a few people who found it difficult to get to work and some people taking their children to school found it difficult so they parked and walked through.”

Mrs O’Brian added that the flood water had cleared away by mid-morning.

She said: “The rain was very bad on Wednesday night and the flooding does happen every now and again but it will flow away in about an hour.”

Bakeacre Lane in Findern, Scropton Road in Hatton and Rosliston Road in Walton were also closed yesterday after they became awash.

A spokesman from Derbyshire County Council told the Mail: “The sheer volume of water has caused some localised flooding.

“We can’t say when the roads will be clear.

“It depends on how quickly it will soak away.”

The spokesman added that flood defences in Scropton Road in Hatton had stopped water entering the village.

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