Residents in the Brampton area have received property-level protection measures to help prevent flooding in their homes in a scheme supported by Chesterfield Borough Council.
More than 60 properties in Alma Street West and Hipper Street West, which have previously suffered from flooding, had measures installed including new front and back flood doors, non-return valves, airbricks and have been sprayed with a waterproof sealant to protect them from flood water.
The work is funded by the Environment Agency with the council contributing a further £45,000 and the work has been carried out by specialist contractor Watertight.
Richard Matthews, Alma Street West resident said: “The back door we’ve had installed has a hatch to allow us to escape in the event of flooding. We were given the opportunity to choose from different styles of doors and pick one similar to the colour we had before.
“We have a dog so the flood doors give us peace of mind that the dog would be safe in the house if there was a flood when we were out and we could not get access to the property.
“The work has also made the house warner and our heating bills have gone down.”
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing added: “We recognise that flooding has been a real problem for some of our residents, which is why we have contributed funding towards this project.
“We hope the work carried out will give peace of mind and help avoid the disruption and expense that flooding causes.”