York floods latest: Army on streets sandbagging properties, residents rescued, 27 new photographs

An Army Landrover drives through the floods on Tower Street. Photograph: Nico Chendi
An Army Landrover drives through the floods on Tower Street. Photograph: Nico Chendi

An Army Landrover drives through the floods on Tower Street. Photograph: Nico Chendi

The Army are on York’s streets on Sunday (December 27) helping to sandbag city homes against some of the worst floods in years.

The Foss Barrier had to be lifted on Boxing Day after water entered the building leading to a danger of electrical failure. That means the Foss is being emptied into the Ouse putting thousands of properties at greater risk of flooding.

Six severe flood warnings from the Environment Agency remain in force. They are

Osbaldwick Beck at York – Beckside Properties
Tang Hall Beck at York – Beckside Properties
Osbaldwick Beck at York – Osbaldwick and Tang Hall
River Foss at Huntington and York
Tang Hall Beck at York – Tang Hall
River Foss at Huntington Road and Foss Island

People are being evacuated from flood hit properties. A number of residents on Huntington Road were rescued by boat on Boxing Night (December 26) and taken to the rest centre set up at Archbishop Holgate School.

Cars navigate floodwater in York. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Cars navigate floodwater in York. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Police give sandbags to the Watergate Inn on Walmgate. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Police give sandbags to the Watergate Inn on Walmgate. Photograph: Nigel Holland

A City of York Council spokeswoman said people are working around the clock to tackle the floods:

Partners and emergency services are working round the clock in York to tackle unprecedented levels of flooding in the city.

Provisions are in place across multi-agencies following overwhelming river levels for the Foss and Ouse.

Representatives are working 24/7 from City of York Council, the Environment Agency, North Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Northern Powergrid and Yorkshire Water.

The military are due to arrive in York at 6am. Armed Forces staff will be deployed to the council’s Hazel Court depot to support the flood protection work (sand bagging).

They will also be deployed to Cawood (Selby) and will be supporting the police on the evacuation of properties.

Teamwork: police and others work to help protect properties with sandbags. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Teamwork: police and others work to help protect properties with sandbags. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Foss Islands Road underwater, with Waitrose to the right. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Foss Islands Road underwater, with Waitrose to the right. Photograph: Nigel Holland

The River Ouse is currently 4.8 metres (15.74ft) above the average summer level and is expected to peak on Monday lunchtime at approx 5 asl.

People are advised to plan their journeys ahead by visiting the Environment Agency website and avoid flood water.

York road closures

A59 – between the A1 and York
Fishergate – both directions
A19 Fulford Rd
Piccadilly (near Ryedale Building)
Jewbury
Layerthorpe
James St
Tower St
Bad Bargin Lane
St Denys
Haxby Road
Lowther St
Hempland Lane/Junction Burnholme Drive
Skeldergate
Foss Island Road
Navigation Road
Shipton Rd (lower)
Hopgrove Lane/Carringdon Ave
Elvington Main St
Water End
Rufforth Main Street
Monks Cross Link Road
Huntington Road

Many public transport routes are affected and buses are being diverted. First York issued this list of diversions at 9.30am:

More photographs of the flooding

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A shot of Tower Street business on Sunday morning. Photograph: Nico Chendi

A shot of Tower Street business on Sunday morning. Photograph: Nico Chendi

Council workers and others are working round the clock to help vulnerable people and properties. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Council workers and others are working round the clock to help vulnerable people and properties. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Police offer advice to business owners on Tower Street. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Police offer advice to business owners on Tower Street. Photograph: Nigel Holland

The water outside the Masons Arms on Fishergate, York. Photograph: Nigel Holland

The water outside the Masons Arms on Fishergate, York. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Fire crews work tirelessly to help. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Fire crews work tirelessly to help. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Scenes on Tower Street, York, on Boxing Night. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Scenes on Tower Street, York, on Boxing Night. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Floodwaters on Tower Street. Photograph: Nico Chendi

Floodwaters on Tower Street. Photograph: Nico Chendi

The Army power through. Photograph: Nico Chendi

The Army power through. Photograph: Nico Chendi

The North Yorkshire Fire Service helping in the city centre. Photograph: Nigel Holland

The North Yorkshire Fire Service helping in the city centre. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Don't drive in York unless you have to is the official advice. Photograph: Nigel Holland

Don’t drive in York unless you have to is the official advice. Photograph: Nigel Holland

The floods are being tackled by multiple agencies, including the council, police and fire service. Photograph: Nigel Holland

The floods are being tackled by multiple agencies, including the council, police and fire service. Photograph: Nigel Holland

The scene on Tower Street on Boxing Night. Photograph: Nico Chendi

The scene on Tower Street on Boxing Night. Photograph: Nico Chendi

The water has inundated local businesses. Photograph: Nico Chendi

The water has inundated local businesses. Photograph: Nico Chendi

A media crew outside Clifford's Tower near the floods. Photograph: Nico Chendi

A media crew outside Clifford’s Tower near the floods. Photograph: Nico Chendi

Another view of Tower Street. Photograph: Nico Chendi

Another view of Tower Street. Photograph: Nico Chendi

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