As York river levels drop, the clean-up begins

Cleaning up in Tower Place. Photographs: City of York Council
26 Feb 2020 @ 5.53 pm
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City of York Council’s front line teams have started the clean-up operation across the city.

The latest advice from the Environment Agency is that the River Ouse peaked last night between 7pm and 10pm (25 February) at 4.44m, and is now falling slowly.

As of 4pm today the river level was at 4.41m.

River levels continue to drop and crews are focusing on community areas to start the clean-up operation.

This includes Fordlands Crescent in Fulford, where workers have started to wash down this area and are using sanitising disinfectant where appropriate.

Tough two weeks

One of the pumps that has been in use around the clock

Council leader Cllr Keith Aspden said the clear up would begin in places now free of floodwater, like Fordlands Crescent. He said:

  • We’ll also be inspecting our highways and footpaths for any pothole repairs needed and clearing damaged trees too.

    We’re also arranging drop-in sessions across the city and are exploring the support available for businesses and will be going go door-to-door to speak to those affected by flooding.

He added: “This has been a tough couple of weeks for everyone and whilst it’s good news that the river levels are starting to fall, and we have teams in place to start the clean-up operation, we’ll be keeping our temporary defences in place for the time being.”

You can view the latest river level predictions and warnings here.