As autumn and winter are fast approaching people in Matlock are being urged to be flood aware after the town was hit badly by flooding last year.
Over the past few months Coun Steve Wain, of Matlock Town Council, who is the town’s voluntary flood warden, has been communicating the residents and businesses in at risk areas within Matlock, encouraging them to sign up for flood alerts and giving other information about how people can be prepared.
Coun Steve Wain, who started his role in March, said:
“Matlock suffers from both run off flooding from the urbanised hills above, and river flooding.
"As a community Matlock needs to remember that flooding is a serious threat to the town, and it is essential that people who live in vulnerable areas register for flood alerts.”
One way you can help is to report any blocked drains that you see to the Highways department at Derbyshire County Council using Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190, or if there is an obvious surface blockage, such as leaf litter, clear the top of the highway gully with a brush, if it is safe to do so.
Coun Wain has also been communicating with the Environment Agency and Derbyshire County Council to ensure that Matlock remains a priority.
To sign up for Flood Alerts visit www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings or call the Floodline: 0345 988 1188.
For more information on flooding, visit Matlock Town Council’s website www.matlock.gov.uk/floods.
Homes and businesses which were badly affected by the flooding last year were given the chance to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to make changes to properties to reduce the flood risk to them in the future and make them more resilient.
Some examples of property flood measures include air brick covers, self-closing air bricks, water resistant plaster and replacement of suspended timber floors with solid concrete.
Other measures may include something that protects the whole street or clusters of properties in an area.
Only work identified by a suitably qualified surveyor as appropriate for your property can be paid for from the grant, if your application was successful.
Published: 25/09/2020 By: Shelley Marriott