As it happened – Flooding updates for York and North Yorkshire, 21 January 2021
Video: Floodwater on Huntington Road
This is the floodwater which is now across Huntington Road.
It’s under the bridge close to Ramsay Close.
Cars can get through at the moment with care. The Foss is thought to be at or near its peak, so it’s hoped that the conditions won’t deteriorate further.
Video: Water pouring over the flood bank at Kelfield Ings
Here’s an update from Cawood in the Selby district, from Alex Brown.
Water overtopping the Rawcliffe flood bank
Here’s an update from York councillor Darryl Smalley.
“A council engineer has been out to Clifton/Rawcliffe Ings. They have reported that whilst the water is overtopping, it is not causing much damage to the embankment.
“They will continue to monitor it. The gate was opened this morning to maximise the use of the Ings storage area.
“If the embankment is being damaged due to overtopping, it will not increase flood risk to any properties. It has been damaged in the past and the council will go in after the levels reduce to carry out repair work.”
River Ouse levels are expected to rise quickly to about 4.7m tonight, he said.
As posted earlier, a Facebook Live Q&A on the floods is taking place at 5pm tonight. The panel will be discussing flooding preparations, what to do when river levels rise and how to stay safe.
There’s more on www.york.gov.uk/floods.
Reader Louise Sharp, who sent the picture above of the Ouse overtopping Rawcliffe flood bank, said: “Rawcliffe residents have been assured that should the bank give way properties are not at risk.”
Situation ‘easing’ in Old Malton
Malton Town Council’s Martin Dales sends us this update: “Last night there was rapid increase in flooding in Old Malton.
“There were and still are seven pumps working hard to move water over the flood defences into the River Derwent.
“A multi-agency response including Malton’s North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue ensured pumps were in place and properties threatened sandbagged with the seventh one arriving, fitted and working by 2.30am today.
“Grateful thanks to the 20+ front-line staff involved as well as all those working in support in the background.
“The situation today is far better now and homes and businesses are not under threat. However, with County Bridge currently closed – the River Derwent is less than foot short of the level in pre-flood defences 1999 flood – a lot of traffic is being displaced onto the B1257 through Old Malton so do please drive carefully as work remains in progress.”
Fire crews back in the Tadcaster area today
This from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Bob Hoskins:
Pictures: Floodwater on Bridge Street, Tadcaster
The drains caused flooding in Bridge Street in Tadcaster last night.
The fire service arrived with pumps to protect properties that were at risk of flooding
Tadcaster Community Action Group published these pictures on Facebook.