Updated: Two elderly people – and a dog – rescued from car stuck in floodwater

The car that got stuck under Skeldergate Bridge. Photograph: Sam Rowntree
3 Oct 2019 @ 8.50 am
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First publised Wednesday October 2, 2019 @ 6.32 pm

Two elderly people were rescued by firefighters after their car got stuck in floodwater.

The car became stranded under Skeldergate Bridge in York as it tried to make its way along Terry Avenue on Wednesday (2 October).

It was attempting to head in the direction of Rowntree Park when it couldn’t go any further.

Firefighters were called out at 5.13pm. A North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said:

  • A crew from York has rescued two elderly people from a car after it became stuck in flood water.

    Both were walked to safety by fire crew who also rescued a dog from the vehicle.

Emergency services have been urging motorists not to drive in floodwater after the River Ouse burst its banks following days of torrential rain.

According to a flood warning issued by the Environment Agency at 12.10pm on Wednesday, Ouse river levels were expected to peak that afternoon at 3.7m before slowly falling back.

The warning stated:

  • We are not expecting further rain during Wednesday but rain is forecast for later this week and at the weekend which may see levels rise again.

    Please plan walking, cycling or driving routes to avoid low lying roads and footpaths near the River Ouse.