Council leader commends community response during Storm Babet

Amber Valley was placed under an Amber weather warning on Friday 20 October which lasted until the early hours of Saturday morning.

Many homes and businesses were affected by unprecedented rain which caused rivers and canals to burst their banks in the area, with the highest recorded levels of water at locations throughout Derbyshire.

Properties were flooded in some communities which resulted in the evacuation of some of our residents in Amber Valley.

The clean-up and recovery have now begun, and council employees are currently visiting communities that have been impacted to assess the scale of the damage so that we can work with our partners to deliver essential services aimed at assisting affected households.

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Chris Emmas-Williams, said:

"I’d like to thank all the staff at Amber Valley Borough Council for their hard work and dedication over the last 4 days, we delivered over 1000 sandbags to 120 properties that were at risk of flooding. This was a difficult challenge responding to the number of requests as many roads were affected as the weather continued to worsen into Friday evening and Saturday morning."

"I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our neighbouring authorities, partners, emergency services, and volunteers from the community who worked together during this difficult situation. Ongoing work continues to make the local area safe, and I’d like to ask our residents to continue to follow safety advice given by our partners."

"It has been a very difficult time for Amber Valley residents and businesses who have been affected by the flooding and my heart goes out to them, we’ll support those impacted as they start their journey of recovery and rebuilding."

"Over the last few years, Amber Valley has encountered numerous weather-related challenges and it remains a testament to our resilient community that we continue to unite and support each other in bouncing back from these challenges."

Key safety messages from our partners who form the Derbyshire Resilience Forum can be found at

Amber Valley Borough Council is now working closely with organisations to find out what help is available for those residents and businesses who were impacted. If your property, or business, has been affected please call us on 01773 570222 or email

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