Council update: 4,000 sandbags deployed, York open for business

The council has pumps in place at Tower Gardens, Clementhorpe and Fulford. Photograph: City of York Council on Twitter

City of York Council has issued an update on the flood defence situation in the city.

It reiterates that the Environment Agency says levels on the River Ouse in York are set to peak on Tuesday afternoon (18 February) with current forecasts showing a potential river level of up to 4.8 metres.

These forecast levels may continue to change as the impact of overnight rain makes its way into water channels.

So far the council has:

  • deployed a total of 4,000 sandbags and 200 one tonne sandbags across the city to help protect the most vulnerable properties
  • worked with communities at Naburn to build defences and provided 480 sandbags and 21 one tonne sandbags
  • spoken to residents and built a new defence at Butcher Terrace, Cameron Grove and Terry Street in Clementhorpe
  • Clementhorpe defences have been raised (staffed 24/7 with additional sandbags provided if needed)
  • worked with the communities around Alma Terrace and Holly Street in Fishergate
  • put all flood defences in place and, since Storm Ciara the council has created new flood defences at Bishopthorpe and strengthened the Peckitt Street and Tower Gardens defences (Tower Gardens is being staffed 24/7 with additional sandbags provided if needed)
  • additional pumps and defences have been placed at the A19 and Germany Beck junction.

Council leader Keith Aspden said:

  • We’ll continue to spend the weekend strengthening our flood defences to protect as many homes and businesses as possible.

    York is very much open for business and as we move into half-term week, we’re encouraging everyone to visit our fantastic city, which always has much to offer.