‘Stay at home and off the icy roads’ – York council

21 Jan 2021 @ 9.04 pm
| News

With temperatures set to drop below zero overnight, alongside rising river levels, City of York Council is urging residents to “stay home, stay safe and protect the NHS”.

“If residents are required to make essential journeys or leave home for daily exercise the council is reminding everyone to avoid flooded areas, such as riverside paths and cycle ways,” a spokesperson said.

“Residents should stay as close to home as possible and be aware of icy surfaces as temperatures drop overnight.

“Gritting teams will be working hard across the city’s highways network from 5:30pm today but road conditions may remain hazardous in places, given the combination of surface and flood water, and freezing temperatures. 

The main roads affected by high river levels and surface water are:

  • Clementhorpe – closed at Terry Avenue junction.
  • Main Street Nether Poppleton – Closed
  • Naburn Lane – Closed
  • Acaster Lane – Acaster Malbis – Closed
  • Skeldergate – Closed – Bus services will be diverted via Tower Street
  • Knavesmire Rd – Closed
  • Huntington Rd (South of Haley’s Terrace) – to be closed today at Iron Overbridge
  • Fordlands Rd – Closed later today
  • Bishopthorpe Rd near Crematorium – one lane closed later today – observe traffic management.
  • A19 Fulford – Defences in place – Traffic Management to be deployed.
  • Tower Street – Defences in place.

Cycle/Pedestrian Routes

  • Riverside paths across city /Terry Avenue – Closed
  • Millennium bridge (pedestrians/cyclists) –closed – Please do not walk/cycle through flood water.
  • City Mills bridge (access to City Mills Sheltered housing on Skeldergate) in place.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, City of York Council deputy leader, said: “With river levels remaining high it is important that people are not taking extra risks or making unnecessary journeys.

“If their journeys are essential or they are taking their daily exercise, residents should take care to avoid flood water and slippery surfaces as temperatures drop.

“Getting stuck in flood water could not only put you at risk, but will take up the already stretched resources of the emergency services. Stay home, stay safe and protect the NHS.

“Our frontline teams will be working hard to help protect the city and keep people safe but I would urge residents not to take any journeys they don’t need to, and to be careful if they are leaving home.”