Information about flooding, including advice on how to prepare against possible flood alerts in the county, how best to minimise any flood damage to your home or business along with information on how to deal with flooding if the worst happens, can be found on Derbyshire County Council's website.

Please use the Link to Derbyshire County Council (DCC) for more information.

Flood Alert Services

For further information on Flood Alerts please visit the Met Office and the Environment Agency.

Land Drainage 

Amber Valley Borough Council has responsibilities for watercourses on its own land. The responsibility for maintaining other watercourse rests with the riparian land owner.


It is the home owner’s responsibility to protect their property from flooding. Sandbags are often available from builders’ merchants. Other protection systems are available commercially (see the Environment Agency or National Flood Forum websites for guidance).

An initiative between Amber Valley Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council offers residents a supply of 10 free empty sandbags with guidance literature which can be collected from the Amber Valley Town Centre Offices (Alfreton, Belper, Heanor and Ripley).

Although the Council does not have a statutory duty to provide assistance in the event of flooding, it recognises that many residents look to the council for emergency assistance in times of crisis. The Council therefore aims to provide a limited number of free filled sandbags where there is an immediate risk of flooding. This is in line with the Derbyshire wide free sandbag policy and is based on a suitable assessment of risk. The Assessment will take into account:  

  • Whether the property has been flooded before;
  • The source of the potential flood;
  • How far the water is from the residential property.

This service is subject to availability of staff out of hours - please call 01773 841414 out of hours. 


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