Heavy rain prompts Rivers Dove and Trent flood warning

Beech tree on Mansfield Road
Image caption A large beech tree was uprooted and blocked Mansfield Road in Heanor

Roads were blocked by fallen trees and a flood warning issued for parts of Derbyshire on Thursday after high winds and heavy rain hit the county.

The Environment Agency said low-lying land and roads between Rocester and Clay Mills on the River Dove could become flooded after river levels rose.

A flood alert was also issued for areas near the River Trent.

Mansfield Road in Heanor was blocked in both directions for several hours because of a fallen tree.

Drivers were being urged to take care on the county's roads.

Power cuts

Western Power Distribution said about 10,000 homes across the East Midlands were without electricity at one point, but that power was restored to all but 500 properties by 17:30 GMT.

Speaking on Thursday, the Environment Agency urged residents to be prepared in the event of flooding.

"Flooding of low-lying agricultural land and roads is possible in Church Wilne, Draycott and Wilne Lane between Draycott and Sawley," it said.

"The current level at the Church Wilne river gauge is 1.5 metres (4.9 ft). River levels are rising, and are expected to peak at 1.7 metres (5.6 ft) later on.

"Light rainfall is forecast over the next six hours."

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