York readies its defences as flood alert issued for River Ouse

Sandbags out at the entrance to Tower Gardens in York. Photograph: jaynetheunicorn on Twitter

A flood alert has this afternoon (Sunday) been issued for the upper River Ouse.

And City of York Council says it is ready with its flood defence plan.

The flood alert was issued by the Environment Agency at 4.40pm, after the heavy rain brought by Storm Ciara. It says:

  • There has been widespread heavy rain accompanied by high winds throughout Sunday 09/02/2020, and we expect further patchy rainfall throughout the coming week. River levels are rising and are currently 1.8m at York Viking recorder and rising.

    We expect levels to rise above 4.5m mid-afternoon tomorrow Monday 10/02/20 and remain high into next week along the River Ouse catchment.

    Avoid using low lying footpaths near local water courses. We are monitoring the situation closely and expect to operate the Foss barrier.

City of York Council tweeted out: “With all this water around from #StormCiara, river levels are rising.

“We’re working with partners to monitor our rivers, and are ready to put in place our flood defence plans to protect our communities as the needs arise.”