Faye's tractor to the rescue as floods bring chaos in Egginton
AT the wheel of her tractor, Faye Russell drove through the knee-deep water, ferrying yet another stranded resident to their home in Egginton.
For many people, it was the only way in or out of the village for most of the weekend.
Heavy downpours across Derbyshire on Saturday night left plenty of places waterlogged. Villages were cut off, roads and businesses closed and gardens submerged.
In Egginton it left people with no way of getting in or out of the village, which is where Faye stepped in.
The 19-year-old, who works at the village's D Ferneyhough and Co farm, spent most of yesterday giving lifts to neighbours.
She said: "All the roads into the village are flooded so, if you haven't got a four-by- four, you're taking a big risk."
As she said this, a driver in a BMW tried to make an entrance, sending sheets of spray into the air as he cut through the water but the electrics failed on the car, prompting a group of residents to push it clear.
Faye said: "We saw the water coming up when it started raining on Saturday and we knew it would flood. People help each other out here.
"At the farm, we had cows in the fields and we saw the rain coming in, so we got them to higher ground."
Some people took advantage of the rising water levels, driving a remote-controlled powerboat out on the muddy waves. Youngsters like 11-year-old Jade Dyer enjoyed the excitement.
She said: "It's fun. I've lived here most of my life and I'm quite used to it."
And villager Pauline Barsby said: "The problem is that you get cut off. You have what's in your fridge and that's it.
"There's no village shop in Egginton, so you have to go out to Willington or Hilton for anything else."
Even if people had reached Hilton or Willington, they would have found further flooding there, though not quite as bad as in Egginton.
The roads were flooded from the overflowing Egginton Brook and River Dove while the River Trent was unable to cope with the volume of water draining into it.
According to Lisa Brown, chairman of Egginton Parish Council, the water "had nowhere to drain".
She said: "With more rain forecast overnight, it looks increasingly likely that the village will remain cut off.
"Some individual properties could be affected but the main flooding has been confined to fields and roads so far.
"Several motorists underestimated the water levels, which are deceptively deep, and broke down. Drain covers have also been lifted, making these areas quite dangerous."
The rainfall throughout the weekend saw river levels rise in Derby.
Peter Holland-Lloyd, of Otter Street, Darley Abbey, woke to find that the bottom of his garden – which overlooks a jitty running along the top of Darley Park – had collapsed, sending brickwork, soil and garden furniture down to the walkway below. It meant that the walkway – Darley Grove – had to be closed.
The 64-year-old said: "My partner looked out of the window at about 7.30am yesterday and saw that the whole fence and rear of the garden had fallen away.
"We are having to get the insurer out to examine the damage but it was very lucky no-one was walking along under the wall."
In Markeaton Park, the pond had overflowed, causing problems for business there.
Fire fighters from Kingsway spent two hours yesterday morning rescuing a horse from a flooded field in Duffield Road, Little Eaton.
And hundreds of visitors expected for the final day of this year's Christmas Market at Chatsworth House were disappointed after parking areas were flooded and the event was cancelled.
Experts predict further rainfall over the next few days, with heavy rain expected throughout last night.
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