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Last updated 28th July, 2015

If you live along a riverbank there is always the possibility that bad weather will threaten your property with flooding. Even if you live away from a waterway, the last few years have shown that severe storms can overwhelm the drainage system, saturate the ground and put many more homes, businesses and people at risk from flooding.

The Environment Agency and other partners plan how to best protect the people of Derbyshire from flooding and also respond in an emergency.

Flood warnings

The Environment Agency is responsible for issuing flood warnings. If flooding is forecast the warnings are issued using five stages:

  • Flood awareness raising – to raise consciousness in general public of potential for flooding (river or surface water)

  • Flood alert – flooding is possible. Be prepared.

  • Flood warning – flooding is expected. Immediate action required!

  • Severe flood warning – severe flooding – danger to life!
  • Warnings no longer in force – Issued when an alert, warning or severe flood warning is no longer in force – the risk of flooding is passed.


For real-time flood warnings and advice you can call the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The warnings are also available on the Environment Agency website.

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