Parts of Derbyshire flooded after snow but better weather on horizon
PARTS of Derbyshire have been flooded following heavy rain and snow over the weekend - but forecasters are predicting better weather over the next few days.
The Met Office has not issued any more weather warnings for Derbyshire before Tuesday, after predicting the rain which would causing flooding on Saturday night into Sunday morning.
As a result, flood warnings were issued on several rivers and brooks across Derbyshire.
This was because the heavy rain caused a rapid thaw of more than six inches of snow, which fell on Derbyshire on Friday evening into the early hours of Saturday morning.
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But forecasters said, while there would be spells of heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday, there would be lighter showers by Wednesday and Thursday.
On Sunday, the River Dove broke its banks at Egginton causing roads into the village to flood and leaving it isolated.
The River Amber also caused flooding at Ambergate, while Foston Brook overflowed near to Foston Prison and Uttoxeter Road.
River levels were up across the county and continued to rise throughout the day, as the melt-off found its way down through the county's river system.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received a large number of calls of people getting their vehicles stuck in floodwater on roads, including at Asher Lane, in Ripley, and Leathersley Lane, in Scropton.
It asked drivers to be extra vigilant and to avoid driving through lying water.
The Environment Agency also issued a large number of flood alerts - which warn that flooding to low-lying areas is possible and for people to be prepared.
They were: River Dove between Rocester and Clay Mills and Carsington and Mayfield on the Henmore Brook; River Ecclesbourne at Duffield; River Wye between Ashford and Bakewell; Hilton Brook and River Trent between Newton Solney and Castle Donington.
In a weekend of mixed weather fortunes, rural areas were worst hit by the heavy snowfall, which started on Friday night and caused chaos on some roads and country lanes.
But even Derby's suburbs were affected by the weather and some bus routes shortened or diverted because of hazardous driving conditions.
For a time, roads worst affected by the snow included: the A50 towards Sudbury and the A52 and A515 at Ashbourne, along with the usually-blocked routes across the north of the county - including the Snake Pass and Cat and Fiddle Road.
The snowy conditions also led to number of events being cancelled, including the planned RSPB Big Garden Watch event in Derby's Market Place on Saturday.
But, despite the conditions, Derbyshire police said no major accidents had been reported to them and the number of calls they received on Friday night were much the same as usual.