The river is in flood in the centre of York again today as the stormy weather continues in the aftermath of Storm Isha.
And the city walls are closed due to the high winds – although the yellow warning for wind has now been lifted.
However, an updated yellow warning for strong winds covering York and North Yorkshire now runs from midday tomorrow (Tuesday, 23 January) to 3pm on Wednesday.
Several hundred homes and businesses, mainly in the Ryedale area, were left without power due to the storm.
Northern Powergrid says on its website: “We expect to restore power to the vast majority of customers impacted today and will confirm restoration times as soon as we can.
“Our team are working as quickly as possible to restore power to customers impacted where it is safe to do so.”
Three flood warnings have been issued for York:
- River Ouse – riverside properties
- River Ouse at Naburn Lock
- River Ouse at York – St George’s Field and Queen’s Staith.
The Environment Agency says: “Flooding is forecast to affect locations near the River Ouse, with low lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around properties on King’s Staith in York and riverside areas through York from Lendal Bridge to Millennium Bridge.”
The Viking Recorder measured the Ouse level at 3.12m at 3pm. It is forecast to rise to 3.75m by 6.45am tomorrow (Tuesday, 23 January), before falling again. The top of the normal range is 1.9m.
There’s also one flood alert for the city, for the Upper River Ouse.
Rowntree park and its car park remain closed today. St George’s Field car park was closed this afternoon.
City of York Council says: “We’re installing flood defences and pumps in line with planned procedures for predicted water levels.”
As is usual these days, the floods are only affecting the riverside, with the rest of the city open for business as usual.
In North Yorkshire, flood warnings today include:
- River Swale at Howe village and by Skipton Bridge
- River Ure at Boroughbridge Camping and Caravanning Site
- River Ure at Masham
- River Wiske at Kirby Wiske.
There are also 14 flood alerts for stretches of the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Wharfe and Aire.
Tadcaster Bridge remains closed to vehicles, but open for pedestrians.
Many rail services have been hit by Storm Isha – the message is check before you travel.