Storm Babet: Latest updates – ‘Risk to life’ flood warning issued this morning in Derbyshire

Updated Saturday 6.30pm, 21st October

This week, the Met Office issued a Red severe weather warning, as Storm Babet approached the UK with exceptional rainfall and impactful wind. Thame storm has now affected large parts of the country including Buxton and the Peak District.

There are currently no weather warnings in place now for Buxton.

Derbyshire County Council roads update

Latest update: 6.30pm, Saturday 21st October.

Many areas remain flooded and major routes continue to be affected across Derbyshire this evening.

While the clean-up has begun in some communities, river levels in the south of the county have yet to peak and people are being urged to take action to protect themselves and their property.

Our highways teams are already out on the main road network where water has receded and have begun clearing roads of mud and debris and checking for hazards brought about by flooding. But with so many routes affected, this is an extensive operation which will take some time – and many roads will remain closed throughout the weekend and into the early part of next week.

Residents are asked to bear with us while we continue the clean-up operation and inspect roads to ensure they are safe to drive on. Residents are asked not to remove road closure signs and cones which have been put in place for their own safety.



Known road closures are reported on the One Network website and advice from all partners involved is:

  • Do not travel unless essential in areas that remain flooded and please keep an eye on the weather and flooding updates.
  • Look out for vulnerable neighbours, especially if they have care services who may not be able to reach them.
  • Never drive or walk into floodwater, even if it appears shallow – it could endanger your life.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has also issued the following safety advice:

  • Keep away from river banks and pathways close to rivers. The paths may have become unstable and slippery
  • Never enter the water to rescue anyone, or an animal in difficulty in the water. Call 999 immediately and tell them to float on their back
  • Keep dogs on leads close to water

Advice is available online for anyone whose home has been affected by flooding on the following websites:

For the latest information follow your councils and emergency services on social media, listen to local radio and visit Derbyshire County Council’s regular flooding updates at derbyshire.gov.uk/roadclosures

Source: Derbyshire County Council 

High Peak Buses

Update 7am, 21st October.

The following services are suspended:

The TP (Transpeak) is still experiencing service issues and due to flooding in Duffield, Milford, Matlock and Rowsley, they are unable to serve stops between Bakewell and Derby – due to severe flooding along various parts of the route.

The 199 from Buxton to Manchester Airport is running as normal.

High Peak Buses Twitter feed provides useful live information on their various services.

Source: High Peak Buses via Twitter @HighPeakLive

Northern Trains

Latest update 7am, 21st October

All trains along the Buxton – Manchester line are now running as normal.

Live updates can be found here journeycheck.com/northern

Source: Northern Trains

Flood Warning: Danger to life in place for River Wye, Derby

There are still several Flood Warnings in place in Derbyshire and the Environment Agency have issued Three Severe Flood Warning this morning at 10.30am in Derby city for the River Derwent. Read more here.

There is still a Flood Alert in place for the River Wye in Derbyshire. With ‘Areas most at risk are low-lying agricultural land and roads including Ashford and Bakewell areas’.

River levels will continue to rise over the weekend.

For the latest flood warnings, go to check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk


For the live updates and reports on local road conditions as well as the latest forecast for Buxton and the Peak District, go to buxtonweather.co.ukBuxton Weather Watch (a different team) also provide very comprehensive and detailed information on their Facebook, which is updated throughout the day.

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