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Rising rivers and fears of another soaking

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

28/01/14 After heavy overnight rain Jo Roberts struggles to make her way over stepping stones that are almost completely submerged at the famous crossing on the river Dove at Dovedale, near Asbourne in the Derbyshire Peak District. All Rights Reserved -

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ASHBOURNE'S swelling rivers look set to be put under even more pressure as another band of rain is expected to sweep across the country on Friday.

While the Ashbourne area has been fortunate enough to escape the catastrophic floods seen in Somerset and Devon, the area's defences have been put to the test as rivers and watercourses swelled following what has been one of the wettest Januarys since records began.

Light flurries of snow on Thursday have not helped the sodden ground to dry out ahead of Friday's predicted storm, which is currently due to arrive in the afternoon, bringing 40mph gusts along with it.

The weekend looks to be calmer and possibly much drier but very cold, especially overnight and in the early mornings.

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