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More rain on the way as downpour brings floods

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

Hartshorne floods

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YESTERDAY’S heavy rainfall, which caused havoc across Burton and South Derbyshire, is set to continue.

Paul Gilliver, from the Newhall Weather Station, said he expects at least a week of wet weather after rain caused flooding across the area yesterday.

Vehicles battled through flooded roads and outdoor activities were called off as a result of the conditions.

Mr Gilliver said: “It’s typical weather for this time of year. I expect this month and next to be the wettest.

“This level of rainfall will carry on for the next week and we’ll see some dull and miserable weather. We’ve seen the back of any nice sunny days. It’s not very nice – I’ve got a lake outside my door.”

Mr Gilliver also warned that we may see the return of frosty mornings after the wind changed from south east to north east, causing temperatures to plunge.

Yesterday, flood alerts were issued by the Environment Agency on lower Dove brooks in Staffordshire, including Rolleston Brook, the River Mease covering lowlying land between Ashby and Croxall, the River Swarbourne between Croxall and Yoxall, Foston Brook and Hilton Brook yesterday.

Roads were flooded in areas including Willington, Hartshorne, Newton Solney, Bretby and Burton, causing traffic chaos.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service advised drivers to avoid Heage Lane, in Etwall, due to it being ‘totally impassable’ because of flooding.

It was closed by Derbyshire Police at 3.10pm after a car became stuck in the water, and was still closed as the Mail went to press.

Councillor Pat Murray, who represents the Midway and Hartshorne ward on Derbyshire County Council, was in Ticknall Road, Hartshorne, helping with flooding issues.

“It was like a river,” he said. “Water was coming down the hill and, because of the amount of rain, the drains just couldn’t cope.

“There were six residents and some council workers along with me and councillor Peter Smith and we tried to unblock the drains.

“Luckily, the council reacted well and brought sandbags quite early so the cottages in the road were not flooded. If they had left it any longer, the houses could have been under water.”

Councillor Murray said he believed the road was so waterlogged it should have been closed due to drivers not slowing down enough to cope with the conditions.

He said: “It was very dangerous. I saw two cars that broke down because of waterlogged engines.”

East Staffordshire Borough Council was forced to close all outdoor activities at Shobnall Leisure Complex, and the synthetic pitch at Uttoxeter, due to the bad weather.

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