But here are a few quotes which shows how difficult these past weeks have been for riverside businesses.
Plonkers owner Leann Williams says that a pump system means the bar is still open during the floods, but people assume it’s closed when they see water at the end of Cumberland Street. She said:
I’ve had this business for 30 years, and I have flooded nearly every year.
I’ve listened to every story and every solution and every promise, and nothing will get done, it just stays the same.
This street is known as the flooded street, so we’re the one that’s classed as closed. It’s half-term and it’s just awful. It’s horrendous.
I get really emotional about it because it’s 30 years and I’m at the point now where I’ve had enough, I want out. For 30 years I’ve provided jobs in this city. I’m done, I don’t want to do it any more. It’s heartbreaking.
Dyls Café Bar on Skeldergate Bridge is another on the frontline. Malcolm Dyl has spent about £80,000 on flood barriers and water pumps to keep the business safe, he told the Observer’s Jessica Murray:
We’re suffering extremely badly at the moment.
When the water is up, somebody has to sleep here all night because the electric could cut. If the electric cuts we have to put a generator on – it costs money.
What if this time it does come up over the barrier? It’s very close to. It will wipe our business out completely.
Our trade is down by 80% this February compared to last year, so you can imagine our cash flow. Our budget has gone out the window. Everybody I speak to, I just don’t get any help.
4 months ago
York sandwich shop gives away free sausages after Storm Dennis ruins trade
A York sandwich shop is giving away sausage sandwiches to homeless people after the storms ruined trade this week.
Work has begun to clean up after the riverside flooding post-Storm Dennis.
City of York Council’s clean-up operation started yesterday (Wednesday, 19 February), but flood defences are staying firmly in place to continue protecting the city as heavy rain is expected this weekend.
Council leader Keith Aspden said:
As our clean-up operation starts, you’ll see our front line teams sweeping and cleaning paths and cycle routes across the city from today. We’ll also be carrying out additional inspections of our roads to repair potholes.
York remains vibrant and exciting as usual, offering lots of activities and events for residents and visitors over this half-term.
5 months ago
Bridges to be checked for damage as flood waters recede
Now that the water levels are dropping thoughts are turning to safety and recovery.
YorkMix reader and photographer extraordinaire Anthony Chappel-Ross asked an important question about the state of the bridges in the wake of the flooding.
Video: Flood defences stay in place to protect York
Water levels are dropping, but York’s flood defences are staying firmly in place.
The River Ouse peaked at 4.43m on Monday – the highest it has reached since the 2015 floods – but the defences did their job.
Since then levels have fallen and at noon today (Wednesday, 19 February) it was at 3.7m.
City of York Council continues to work closely with the York and North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, which includes police and fire services as well as North Yorkshire County Council, Met Office and Environment Agency.
Skeldergate reopened today after the waters receded. That follows Fetter Lane, Baille Hill, Knavesmire Road and Fordlands Road reopening.
Leader of the council Keith Aspden said teams were visiting residents in flood-risk areas “to assess their needs and give the latest advice and information and I would like to thank residents for their patience and support as the city deals with storms on consecutive weekends”.
5 months ago
Another York road closed by floodwater
City of York Council says that Knavesmire Road is now closed to traffic by floodwater.
These pictures by David Dunning show the water covering the road.
Knavesmire Road is now closed due to flood water. We'll keep it closed until it's drained away to safe levels. pic.twitter.com/32vd08tEuo
York firefighters called to car stuck in floodwater
A timely reminder from the fire service.
Earlier this evening crews from York & Acomb attended a car stuck in floodwater in Acaster Malbis. NYFRS are advising the public to not drive through floodwater or past road closed signs – please use an alternative route.
It looks more and more like York has dodged a bullet.
The latest prediction for the peak level of the River Ouse is 4.6m, below the level that would overcome the city’s defences.
City of York Council leader Keith Aspden said:
We were really relieved to hear from the Environment Agency this afternoon the revised prediction for the river level to 4.6m.
And the city’s defences are 4.8m.
He said the council had done all it could over the weekend to prepare. Now it was time to recognise that the floodwaters are still here, “but also looking to the future in terms of making a case to government and the Environment Agency for more certainty”.
With climate change it can’t just be about flood defences to stop the water.
We’re going to have to look at reducing the amount of water. So for example, work upstream, landscaping, as well as flood defences.
For the Environment Agency the big challenge is you need to spend the money that you’ve been given by the government. But you also need to help individual householders.
For too long a lot of this work has been too slow. This is another big reminder about why in cities like York we need to speed up that work.
‘If it goes above 4.8m some areas will experience flooding.’
City of York Council executive member for the environment Cllr Paula Widdowson was on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning.
She told presenter Justin Webb: “The city of York is at the confluence of two rivers. We’re used to flooding – it floods two, three, four times a year in our city.
“We have all of our operations in process. All of the pumps, the flood defences, are all up and running and have been since two or three days before Storm Ciara.
“And the city is well and truly open for business.
“In fact we’ve had significant numbers over the weekend enjoying our Viking Festival.”
He asked her if she was concerned about what happens next.
Of course we’re concerned about later today. The Environment Agency are forecasting that the river will get up to 4.8m.
At 4.8m our defences hold. If it goes above 4.8m there are some areas where we will experience flooding.
We are very prepared to cope with it. You know the stories from York – and we have learned all of our lessons from York.
Our operations teams have absolutely worked wonders. They’ve been working 24/7 for nearly ten, 12, days now. And they’ll continue to do so.
5 months ago
Rachael Maskell: ‘The barriers are holding, which is good news’
York Central MP Rachael Maskell was out early this morning looking at the river levels.
She told YorkMix: “We think we’ve got about another half metre for the river to rise through the day.
“But the barriers from what I can see are holding, which is good news.
“People obviously need to keep themselves safe. That river’s incredibly dangerous. It’s contaminated as well. So don’t go near near the river.”
She described this morning as “that moment of anticipation. It’s waiting to see what happens later in the day.”
As regards the River Foss, the Foss Barrier and other defences were working “so people in that catchment should have a sigh of relief today”.
People are very stressed
Ms Maskell has been talking to residents in high-risk areas. “People are very stressed – the anticipation not knowing what’s coming,” she said.
“Some of the communications were a bit lagging – people were out buying pumps and sandbags, and then to find that a barrier appeared at the end of the road. So I think we can learn from some of that.”
She said people were rightly angry that resilience measures had not been put in place, four years after the Boxing Day floods.
My job when I go back is to put the pressure on government again. Things like insurance still needs sorting out for leaseholders and businesses.
And there are other things that need putting in place – not least the upper catchment management, which will really stop the amount of water coming downstream in the first place.
And the MP praised York for working together during a tough week.
“I think the city’s come together incredibly well. The council, the Environment Agency, the police and other agencies working very closely, looking out for vulnerable individuals at this time.
“So I would say it’s been a good operation. And most importantly, the residents themselves, they’ve come out and supported one another and worked together in their communities to make sure everyone else is safe.”
5 months ago
There are currently 10 flood warnings in and around York
An update on the flood warnings. As at 7.55am, the Flood Information Service had issued 10 flood warnings in and around York.
A flood warning means, ‘flooding is expected – immediate action required’.
Floods transport latest 2: Bus operators accept each others’ tickets
Bus operators in York have teamed up to accept each other’s tickets from Monday (17 February) to help people hit by disruption caused by flooding in and around the city.
The scheme will cover all routes within the York A1237 ring road until Tuesday evening, when it will be reviewed against information and updates from authorities, the Environment Agency and weather forecasters.
The operators are: Arriva Yorkshire, York Pullman, Reliance, Transdev York, Connexions, East Yorkshire Buses and First York.
Speaking on behalf of the York Quality Bus Partnership, MD of First York Marc Bichtemann said:
All operators have agreed to this initiative, which is a great example of how we can work together to help customers.
It is very likely that flooding will affect a number of routes and this is simple and sensible action we can take together to help people deal with adverse conditions on the roads around York.
All ticket types will be accepted including digital products on smartphones and pre-paid smartcards.
“In agreeing to do this all operators are also able to support the huge efforts of our drivers, who often go above and beyond in already difficult conditions,” said Marc Bichtemann.
5 months ago
Floods transport latest 1: The York roads that are closed
According to City of York Council these are the roads affected:
Clementhorpe has a flood defence closing the road just after the junction with River Street
Peckitt Street is now a dead end due to the defences.
The B1222 in Naburn is now closed with signage in place, due to floodwater. The no42 Arriva bus service will now be diverted.
Skeldergate has been closed this afternoon (Sunday 16 February) for several hours while the EA deploys additional sandbags to the area. This will reopen as soon as possible
Main Street in Nether Poppleton will close this afternoon (Sunday 16 February) due to river flooding. The no10 First bus service will be diverted.
Millennium Bridge will be closed as water levels rise, and will be monitored closely
The council added:
Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are asked not to enter or travel through flood water.
We have tankers on standby for any surface water flooding incidents that occur this evening. We cleared several fallen trees yesterday and pumped clear some surface water.