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Thank you for your response to the storms

22 February 2022

Over the course of last week and particularly over this weekend, you have again stepped up and responded magnificently to the snow, rain, gales and flooding that have had widespread impact across the county.

Storm Franklin, the third of 3 storms to hit the country’s shores in 7 days, has had a particularly severe impact in Derbyshire and there are currently numerous road closures as a result of both river and surface water flooding and our highways teams have been working throughout the weekend and overnight to keep people safe.

I wanted to say thank you to all of you who have yet again provided a tremendous response. In very difficult conditions, highways employees have supported evacuations, flood mitigation measures and road closures and adult social care employees have ensured that residents who have needed to be evacuated are safe and well.

Our Communications team and Call Derbyshire have provided vital information to ensure residents understand the dangers of high winds and flooding, how to protect themselves and their properties and have kept everyone up to date with the numerous road closures.

Our Emergency Planning colleagues have co-ordinated work with partners and ensured a clear plan and response to the emerging and rapidly changing weather events over the past days, and many colleagues across the council have battled the elements to provide the services people need regardless of the conditions. I am very grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to mitigate the impacts on our residents.

As river levels start to subside in the more northern parts of the county, the challenge starts to move further south and work continues to ensure the safety of Derbyshire residents. In the coming days there will be a significant recovery effort to deal with the consequences of the flooding on our roads and those affected properties.

For now, a big thank-you for all that you have done and continue to do to support residents and businesses at this very challenging time.

Emma Alexander, Managing Director