SOUTH WINGFIELD: No more rain please says vicar

nrhn 050214 South Wingfield's all Saints Church was covered in flood water at the weekend - and more rain is on the way. Reader karen farrow sent in this picture.

nrhn 050214 South Wingfield's all Saints Church was covered in flood water at the weekend - and more rain is on the way. Reader karen farrow sent in this picture.

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The vicar of a South Wingfield church is hoping the village avoids another deluge after flood waters covered its grounds over the weekend.

This picture, sent in by reader Karen Farrow, shows the cemetery area of All Saints off Holme Lane Road covered in up to a foot of water.

Heavy rains on Friday caused the banks of the Amber River, situated next to the grade II listed building, to overflow into the grounds - though thankfully not into the church itself – according to vicar Rev Philip Brooks.

With more heavy rain expected today (Wednesday, February 5) and the rest of the week, Rev Brooks is hoping not to see a repeat of 2007, which saw the church hall covered in muddy overflow.

He said: “It’s a real nuisance in terms of having to clean and tidy it when it gets here and covers the yeard. But when it goes into the church hall, that’s when it starts to get really expensive.

“It came right up on Saturday, but thankfully by Sunday it was just a big puddle.

“We are talking with he Environment Agency (EA) to find a way of alleviating the floods.”

Rev Brooks said the 17th century site floods on average twice every winter and admits it is a tough problem to solve.

He said: “The problem is with dredging, It’s expensive and it doesn’t last forever, i don’t think that’s an answer favoured by the EA because it’s not in an area where there’s lots of housing.”

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the county today.

A spokesman for the agency said: “Flooding of low-lying agricultural land continues in the Willington, Ingleby, Barrow upon Trent and Swarkestone areas.

“Bargate Lane at Willington, the access roads to Willington Meadows, the Twyford Village access road, Church Lane at Barrow and Ingleby Lane may be affected by flood water. River levels are falling. For up to date information on river levels in your area go to the river and sea levels section on the Environment Agency website.”