“Worryingly in a developing situation residents have been told to move items upstairs and prepare for flooding in Norton,” says Cllr Nathan Garbutt-Moore on Twitter.
Replying to the vice-chairman of Ryedale District Council, one resident writes to say: “Our street is now in the red area and we’ve had the automated call to say we need to prepare but we have no idea what has brought this on.”
Cllr Garbutt-More said: “Also trying to find out what the developments are, it did and was expected to start dropping after the peak this morning… it’s very different to the briefing I had earlier today.”
Freelance video producer Alex Brown has shared this remarkable drone footage he shot, showing the extent of the floodwater at Kelfield.
The battle to save Malton and Norton from the floods goes on tonight.
An updated flood warning has been issued, as the Derwent continues to rise. It has now reached 5.16m.
Leader of Ryedale District Council Keane Duncan said: ““The area covered by this latest warning is significantly larger than the initial warning around Welham Road. It includes the railway station, St Nicholas Street, Church Street and parts of Scarborough Road.”
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Many agencies are involved in the work to tackle the floodwater in Malton.
Nine emergency pumps are being used to pump the water safely back into the Derwent.
It rose to a record high of 5.05m – but the flood defences held.
Agencies have been working through the night to protect residents and properties.
Cllr Keane Duncan, leader of Ryedale District Council, said: “The river looks to have peaked at 5.05m earlier this morning.
“This is a new record high, but we can’t compare 2000 with 2021 as we now have the defences to protect the towns.
“The situation is under control at the moment with no major property flooding.
“We have a tried and tested plan, and we are putting that into place.
“Teams from the councils, fire and rescue and Environment Agency remain on the ground. Well done to all of them.
“Extra pumps have been drafted in overnight and this morning.
“There is more water in and around St Nicholas Street too and it is very icy under foot. County Bridge is not accessible to pedestrians, with Norton Road difficult to traverse due to pumps.
“Please stay safe out there if you do need to venture out.”
This is the latest list of roads closed – by both snow in the north and flooding elsewhere – in North Yorkshire.
And there are some roads which are tricky but passable with care.
Passable with care:
Our photographer Richard McDougall has been out and about in the city this morning, capturing the latest on the floods.
Levels of both rivers are falling. At 11.30am, the Ouse was at 4.55m – down from 4.6m at four hours earlier.
It is predicted to stay around this level until it starts dropping in the early hours of tomorrow (Saturday), reaching 4.26m at 11am.
The River Foss, meanwhile, has dropped to 1.80m at 11.45am, down from 1.98m at 7.45am.
It is receding fast, and Huntington Road reopened this morning.
Here are the latest road closures:
St George’s Field car park, Esplanade car parks and Rowntree Park and car park are also closed, due to high river levels.
Two great images of the river in York today. Thanks to Phil Prosser and Lauren Leach.
What a relief to see the blue skies!
Storm Christoph is now set to give way to colder winter weather this weekend as rainfall begins to ease, according to the Met Office.
But Environment Secretary George Eustice said authorities are monitoring river levels in Yorkshire and preparing for more rain expected next week.
He said flooded properties are a “real tragedy” for anyone affected, with around 70 homes deluged in the recent adverse weather.
He told BBC Breakfast: “It is incredibly disruptive when people have their homes flooded, but around 26,000 homes have been protected from the various flood defence assets we have had in place.
“We have got 600 people on the ground putting up temporary barriers, using pumps in areas of Manchester where there were particular flood challenges.
“We are particularly monitoring the situation in Yorkshire as the water moves through those river systems and, of course, preparing as well for next week where later next week more rain is expected.”
He said around £2.5 billion has been spent on flood defences over the last five years.
York Travel tweets that Huntington Road, which was closed at the iron bridge due to floodwater, has reopened.
Here’s a reminder of what it was like yesterday:
This picture shows the extraordinary efforts to keep the floodwaters at bay in Malton.
Town councillor Martin Dales took the picture last night (Thursday). It shows “A serious pump being added to the other eight already in the County Bridge area,” he said.
As we reported earlier, these efforts appeared to have worked as the Derwent has peaked without a breach.
Today, though, roads in the town remain closed.
County Bridge remains shut, and there are road closures in place at
Flood warnings near York
Flood warnings near Malton
Flood warning at Selby
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A boat sank in the River Ouse early this morning.
Firefighters were called out shortly after midnight to the river at Bishopthorpe, opposite the Naburn Sewage Works.
A pleasure craft had sunk still secured to a floating platform. But other boat owners were concerned it would break free.
Using the Fire Rescue Boat, a crew inspected the boat.
A North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Crews attended an incident involving a boat that had sunk whilst still secured to a floating platform.
“The boat was in a safe and stable condition, crews carried out an inspection only and gave advice to neighbouring boats to monitor the situation overnight.”