Wind and torrential rain cause havoc in county
DERBYSHIRE was hit by torrential rain last night and more stormy weather is set to come this weekend.
Winds of up to 60mph, strong enough to rip branches from trees, hit the county in the early evening.
A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said the force had been dealing with "numerous" accidents on the roads last night.
She said: "There's been nothing life-threatening but it's all due to the bad weather. It seems to have been a combination of the strong winds and rain."
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The police also confirmed that the county had been hit with flooding across a wide area.
A woman in Etwall was rescued by firefighters when her car became stranded in three feet of water.
The incident happened in Heage Lane near the Seven Wells Pub at about 6pm yesterday.
The weather also affected some roads, including the Woodhead Pass which was closed last night to high sided vehicles in both directions, because of the gusty winds.
In Uttoxeter Road there were delays in both directions between the Ladybank Road junction and the Station Road junction, because of a fallen tree.
Meanwhile, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue has sent a high-volume pump to help deal with the floods in Gloucestershire.
Members of Derby-based water rescue team, Watersafe UK, headed by Mike Brain, have also travelled to Gloucestershire to help with the efforts in the face of extensive flooding.
A spokesman for the Met Office said that although today should be brighter with some spells of sunshine, Derbyshire would be hit with more heavy rain and wind on Saturday.
He said: "At the moment Saturday looks like a fine start. However, another low-pressure system is heading in from the south.
"It could bring some more severe weather but where and when that will hit is a bit uncertain.
"Later on Saturday we could see some strong winds and some more rain."
Derbyshire County Council warned motorists and residents to prepare themselves for the wet weather after roads had to be shut earlier in the week.
Councillor Carol Hart, Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for public health, said: "The ground is already saturated by heavy rain and this has a knock-on effect when we have another downpour because there's nowhere for the water to go."