There are two flood warnings in York tonight (Friday), as the river prepares to overtop its banks as we go into the New Year.
The first warning is for riverside properties next to the River Ouse, due to recent rainfall in the Dales.
It says: “Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the River Ouse, with low lying land expected to be most affected around riverside properties, roads and paths within York city centre, particularly around King’s Staith and riverside areas through York from Scarborough Bridge to the Millennium Bridge.
“Riverside floodgates have been closed, and the Foss Barrier will be operating later this evening.”
River levels at the Viking Recorder are expected to peak at about 3.10m in York mid-morning on New Year’s Day. That’s above the top of the normal range, which is 2m.
Volunteers on the York Rescue Boat are preparing for their last shift of the year.
They said tonight: “The first area of concern tonight is the number of cars parked on Queens Staith, this area will be under water in about an hour.
“If you know someone who regularly parks here on an evening you may want to save them an awkward phone call to their insurance company in the morning.”
The second flood warning is for the River Ouse at Naburn Lock. Flooding is expected at Naburn Lock Buildings and Lock Cottages from 3am on New Year’s Day.
The Environment Agency says: “We are monitoring rainfall and river levels and are checking rivers for blockages in the area.
“We will continue to work with emergency services and local authorities and to keep closely monitoring the situation.
“Avoid using low lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses and do not attempt to walk or drive through flood water.”
There are also two flood alerts in place. One is for the Tidal River Ouse from Naburn Lock to Selby.
The alert says: “Areas most at risk include the tidal foreshore and agricultural land adjacent to the river in the Cawood, Kelfield, Wistow and Selby areas..
The second alert is for the Upper River Ouse.
No more significant rain is forecast for York tomorrow.
Find out more on the government’s flood warning service.