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We welcomed Government minister for flooding

Published: 26 October 2023

We welcomed the Right Honourable Rebecca Pow MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in Matlock today.

The visit was organised so that Rebecca Pow could see how the new flood defences had protected Matlock from the floods following Storm Babet.

Our Deputy Leader, Councillor Simon Spencer said:

“I was pleased to welcome Rebecca Pow to Matlock so that she could see for herself how the newly completed flood defences protected the town from flooding.

“The River Derwent got pretty close to the top of the flood wall, but did not breach it. And our pumps, which we sited on Bakewell Road, dealt with the excess surface rainwater so that those businesses who were flooded previously were protected.

“We had a full and frank discussion with the Minister and our district council colleagues about the flooding. We are very aware that although Matlock was saved from flooding this time around, this was not the case in other parts of the county.

“We estimate that around 1,700 properties were flooded in Derbyshire, causing devastation, upset and heartache for all those who have been affected. And we have damage on hundreds of roads and bridges to deal with and at its peak around 200 roads were closed due to the flooding.

“We made the case for extra funding to help us pay for the damage caused by the floods to our roads, bridges and pavements, which will be in the millions of pounds.

“We are pleased to see that the Government announced financial support for residents and businesses yesterday. And will work hard with our district and borough colleagues to make sure our residents affected by the floods will benefit from this new fund.

“We will continue to do all we can to make the case for Derbyshire to help our residents through this difficult time.”