Homeowners, sports clubs and school all left counting cost of deluge
OUTSIDE Denise Eckersley's front door was a pile of soaking-wet carpets – inside her home was the filth and dirt brought in by the floodwater.
Mrs Eckersley had spent most of the day tearing out the ruined flooring and beginning the big clean-up of her home in Brookside, Rolleston.
The property normally faces a small waterway but yesterday – after heavy rains lashed the whole of Derbyshire and East Staffordshire – it had burst its banks and swelled to the size of a lake.
Stacking fresh sandbags around her door, Mrs Eckersley said: "The water came in on Sunday morning, about 5.30am, and it kept coming until it reached about three inches all the way through the downstairs."
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"The carpets are ruined and I will have to claim on the insurance."
She was one of many people affected by flooding in South Derbyshire yesterday.
On the outskirts of Rolleston, the village's cricket club was more of a pond than a pitch – after water from the Dove flowed into the site.
Assistant grounds manager John Hodson said he had not seen it so bad for a while.
He said: "The knock-on effect is the length of time it takes for the water to go and the pitch to recover as a playable surface.
"All you can do is wait for the water to go back down."
At Repton School, the tennis courts were left soaked, meaning cancelled sessions for pupils, while tennis coach James Rushby was stuck in Willington and unable to reach the school because the road between the two villages had been closed.
The 27-year-old said: "I heard the courts had been flooded, which I think is only the second time they have ever been.
"This was the only real way I could get to work and, in that situation, I'm stuck until the water goes."
Cathy Twigg, marketing and development director at the school, said: "The tennis courts were left very water-logged.
"But no water got into the school buildings, thankfully, and we are up and running as usual. With many of the pupils boarding and many of the staff based in the village, it wasn't a problem.
"But hockey practice will be off for the foreseeable future while it dries out."
Mrs Twigg said cars could travel with care around the village but the roads leading to Newton Solney and Burton were blocked.
She said: "That meant the admin staff were struggling to get in and I know the main routes from Derby and Burton were blocked because of all the small back roads being water-logged."
Nearby, Egginton was badly hit on Sunday, with all roads leading to the village under deep floodwater.
Much of the water had receded yesterday, clearing Etwall Road, but Church Road to the south of the village, was still all but impassable.
The heavy rain on Sunday night meant drivers starting out early yesterday were faced with huge tailbacks – after Derbyshire police closed numerous roads across the county.
Collette Gallone left for work at Screwfix, Long Eaton, at 6.30am from her home in Burton – and never got there.
She said: "I was distraught. Everywhere I went, roads were closed.
"I didn't know where I was. My petrol gauge hit red and I was sweating with nerves and desperation.
"I was asking everyone for directions and even shouted at men in a garage to help me. They just said: 'Head for the M1' but everywhere I went I hit problems."
Mrs Gallone, from Lower Outwoods Road, Burton, eventually gave up on her quest to get to work and headed back towards Derby.
She arrived back in Burton at 11am – nearly five hours after her journey began.
Burton was gridlocked in the rush-hour yesterday morning, with a huge build-up of traffic around Wetmore Road and Derby Road – leading up to the A38 at Claymills.
Louise Bell, from Mill Hill Lane, Winshill, said: "It took me an hour to do what is normally a 10-minute journey from Winshill to Clay Mills to join the A38, as I work in Derby.
"I sometimes drive through Newton Solney, Repton and Willington to reach the A38 but, because of flooding and news of road closures, I didn't dare risk it.
"A friend hit a foot of floodwater in Newton Solney on Sunday.
"I imagine everyone who normally takes different routes through country lanes thought the same, hence the gridlock chaos in central Burton, as everyone converged on to the main roads.
"I have never seen flooding like it in the town. You couldn't see the banks of the River Trent – just miles of fields covered in water. If there's more rain to come, I don't want to think how bad it will be by the end of the week."