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More floods in Ashbourne as Christmas approaches

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

21/12/12 Clifton Flooding, Watery Lane - Watery Lane, Clifton Flooding down Watery Lane Watery Lane, Clifton, Flooding

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“We have sheep in the land behind our home and the sheep don’t like it, although the duck is happy.

“We also keep sheep near Dove Cottage and we’ve had to move them very quickly four or five times this year.

“Fortunately, we haven’t had any casualties, but every time it’s a mad rush to get them to safety.

“About four years ago we had a big big flood and while it didn’t come into the house, it backed up the sewer, so we’ve since had a one-way valve fitted.

“The fields are a flood plain, but because the flod banks have been built up all along the river the water can’t get back into the watercourse.

“Once we’ve got the water, we’ve got it for weeks because it’s got nowhere to go.

“The Environment Agency came round and talked to Georgefor quite a long time about it, but they built up the flood banks further up the road, which helps people on Mayfield Road, but doesn’t particularly help us.

“What we really need is for the water to have a way back out of the field and into the Henmore.

“The water does come up quite quickly, although I think we tend to expect it, especially this year. We’ve got used to it as it’s flooded seven or eight times.

“When I drove back from Derby Markeaton near the crematorium was completely flooded and it was only because I was in the truck that I was able to get through. There were floods at Brailsford too. You could see water coming up like fountains out of the storm drains.”

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