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In pictures: Flooding in York as River Ouse 4.14 meters above normal levels

Seven flood warnings have been put in place across York


Seven flood warnings have been put in place across York as the River Ouse has flooded 4.14 meters above normal levels.

The River Ouse peaked at 7am yesterday, Sunday 15th January, with parts of the river expected to be twice as high as the normal range.

York Councillor Paula Widdowson, executive member for climate change, said: “We want to reassure residents that we’re doing everything we can to protect our city, as well as provide support and advice at this time.”

The following flood precautions have been deployed across York City Centre, according to York City Council:

  • Sandbag barriers at Tower Gardens and Tower Street, along with a pump
  • St George’s Field and Esplanade car park are closed
  • Rowntree Park is closed
  • Riverside paths in Poppleton and Naburn may be flooded and closed
  • Flood pumps and defences in the Fordlands Road and A19 areas in Fulford
  • Sandbags were being delivered to communities at immediate risk of flooding

Councillor Paula Widdowson, executive member for climate change, said: “We want to reassure residents that we’re doing everything we can to protect our city, as well as provide support and advice at this time.

“Our frontline teams have been deployed in line with our flood plan and flood defences are in place to help protect the city as river levels rise. Whilst the river is high we aren’t expecting at this stage to see river levels as high as we saw last year.”

Flood defences have been put in place across the city

She continued: “We’re immediately putting in place the local and citywide flood defences ahead of time, and any resident or business at risk of flooding should also put their own flood plans in place. We’ll provide sandbags to communities at immediate risk of flooding – so you don’t need to contact us.

Tower gardens are completely underwater

“We’re also asking for you to please check on your neighbours and friends. York remains open for business but we ask that all residents take care to avoid flooded areas such as riverside paths and cycle ways.”

Dyls remains open upstairs despite severe flooding

Although the river levels are very high compared to the average range, the flooding has not yet reached the levels of last year when York saw the worst flooding it had seen for 22 years.

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