Storm Ciara – Live updates
We’ll keep you up-to-date on the impact of Storm Ciara as it lashes York and North Yorkshire.
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The River Ouse is due to peak early on Tuesday
The River Ouse is set to peak tomorrow (Tuesday), below its all time high.
According to York Central MP Rachael Maskell, the Ouse now expected to peak at 5am to the level of 4.2m.
She tweeted that this is the level it reached in early December 2015 with Storm Desmond. The one that brought the devastating Boxing Day floods that year was Storm Eva.
Her tweet at 2.19pm came shortly after this graphic from the Flood Warning Information Service, suggesting a peak at 5.45am of 4.42m.
Ms Maskell wrote: “The incident room at the Environment Agency is open. I thank the staff for their hard work over the weekend.”
Large tree in Acomb felled by Storm Ciara
Here’s another victim of Storm Ciara.
The high winds have felled a large mature tree on Acomb Green.
The tree, thought to be an oak, was photographed by Gavin Aitchison this morning (Monday).
Travel disruption continues – trains cancelled, buses diverted
The weather is still causing transport disruption today.
It is causing problems on the trains, with a number of cancellations. Here’s where you can find the latest:
- LNER travel alerts and updates
- National Rail Enquiries updates
- Northern Rail updates
- Transpenning Express travel information
Grand Central says all there services are running, but are likely to be packed:
A full Grand Central service is planned to operate today as per our timetable and customers can use their Grand Central tickets dated Sunday 9 February to travel on Grand Central services today.
We expect all trains to be very busy.
— Grand Central Rail (@GC_Rail) February 10, 2020
First York have a diversion on the no 10 route:
🚧 DIVERSION – 10 🚧
Due to flooding service 10 will be diverting along Millfield Ln, Ebor Way, right onto Dikelands Ln, onto Main St then back onto normal route.
We apologise for any disruption this may cause to your day. ^TC
— First York (@FirstYork) February 10, 2020
But Skeldergate is open, although this may change:
— Marc Bichtemann (@MarcBichtemann) February 10, 2020
A round-up of the latest news is now live
Bright sunshine on Shambles right now, but it is pretty gusty and more rain is forecast.
On the main news site we have posted an update on the impact of the inclement weather today, which has closed Shambles Market among other places.
It also has links to all the flood warnings for York at the moment.
Sandbags deployed in three York locations as rivers set to rise to the highest levels since the 2015 floods
More on York readying its flood defences, first mentioned at 4.55pm.
City of York Council has issued a statement outlining the latest safety measures in the light of rising river levels.
“With river levels predicted to rise to the highest levels seen since the 2015 floods, the council has been putting in defences to protect those areas most affected,” it says.
That means putting sandbags in place at:
- Tower Gardens
- and Tower Place, which also gets a pump to clear water.
Flood boards have been installed at Peckitt Street.
Further measures like the closure of St George’s Field car park and Rowntree Park are likely to happen in the early hours of tomorrow, although plans will be revised if the forecasts change.
We’re expecting the river to reach high levels tomorrow afternoon, so a flood warning is now just a matter of when rather than if.
As a city, we’ve spent a lot of time and effort preparing for flood risk so we can protect people and property so, by and large, we should be able to get on with daily life.
We’re putting place the local and citywide flood defences, and any residents or businesses at risk of flooding should also put their own flood plans in place.
It’ll be business as usual for York tomorrow, just take extra care on the roads and remember that riverside paths and cycle ways are likely to be affected as river levels rise.
Flood alert issued for River Foss catchment
Unsurprisingly, we have more flood alerts from the Environment Agency.
It issued an alert for the River Foss catchment at 6.46pm.
The agency said:
River levels have risen and are likely to remain high overnight. Avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses.
We are monitoring the situation closely.
There are now five flood alerts around York, concerning: