TONNES of masonry and earth crashed on to a busy pedestrian route in Buxton this week, crushing one car and damaging another.
Heavy rain caused a landslide which led to a retaining wall at a property on Windsor Road to collapse onto a Vauxhall Astra and a Ford Fiesta at just after 10pm on Tuesday night. And parts of the wall, which was around eight foot tall, had also fallen into the road, which remained closed as the Buxton Advertiser went to press.
The Vauxhall Astra was written off by the impact. However, no one was injured. The wall was the border of the garden at the property.
Despite a bright start to October, when the weather was unseasonably warm, the High Peak has suffered torrential rain for several days. And the Buxton Weather website shows that 92mm of rain has already fallen in the first two weeks of the month compared to 110mm for the whole of the month of October last year. The Met Office are predicting drier spells in the next few days.
The heavy rain has also seen levels of the River Wye in the Pavilion Gardens rise significantly.
And with the weather set to get more unsettled as winter approaches, insurance price comparison site Confused.com last week revealed that storm-related home insurance claims have risen by 68 per cent overall in the last year.
Research by the company showed that storms, lightning strikes and falling trees are among the issues claimed for over the last 12 months and the company are reminding people to check their home insurance policies to make sure they are covered for adverse weather.