Council update: 4,000 sandbags deployed, York open for business
City of York Council has issued an update on the flood defence situation in the city.
It reiterates that the Environment Agency says levels on the River Ouse in York are set to peak on Tuesday afternoon (18 February) with current forecasts showing a potential river level of up to 4.8 metres.
These forecast levels may continue to change as the impact of overnight rain makes its way into water channels.
So far the council has:
deployed a total of 4,000 sandbags and 200 one tonne sandbags across the city to help protect the most vulnerable properties
worked with communities at Naburn to build defences and provided 480 sandbags and 21 one tonne sandbags
spoken to residents and built a new defence at Butcher Terrace, Cameron Grove and Terry Street in Clementhorpe
Clementhorpe defences have been raised (staffed 24/7 with additional sandbags provided if needed)
worked with the communities around Alma Terrace and Holly Street in Fishergate
put all flood defences in place and, since Storm Ciara the council has created new flood defences at Bishopthorpe and strengthened the Peckitt Street and Tower Gardens defences (Tower Gardens is being staffed 24/7 with additional sandbags provided if needed)
additional pumps and defences have been placed at the A19 and Germany Beck junction.
Council leader Keith Aspden said:
We’ll continue to spend the weekend strengthening our flood defences to protect as many homes and businesses as possible.
York is very much open for business and as we move into half-term week, we’re encouraging everyone to visit our fantastic city, which always has much to offer.
Cllr Jonny Crawshaw has been out and about around South Bank today.
He took these picture of the flood defences in Butcher Terrace, Clementhorpe and Cameron Grove.
Environment Secretary George Eustice at the Foss Barrier. Photograph: Defra on Twitter
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Environment Secretary visits York to assess the flood defences
The new Environment Secretary visited York today (Sunday), to see the efforts being made to minimise flooding.
He met residents, councillors and Environment Agency staff to talk about tackling flooding. He also visited the Foss Barrier, such a key component in York’s defences. The chair of the Environment Agency Emma Howard Boyd accompanied the minister.
Mr Eustice, appointed by Boris Johnson in the last Cabinet reshuffle, also talked to York Central MP Rachael Maskell.
“He came to York to learn about what’s been happening across the city – obviously concerned with Storm Dennis and the impact the flooding’s going to have across the city,” she told Minster FM’s David Dunning.
“We were reflecting what’s happened over four years back to him, and the fact that a lot of the resilience measures we were expecting haven’t been put in place.
“But we obviously praised the Foss Barrier, the fact that it’s working well this evening is good news.”
Ms Maskell said she had arranged a futher meeting with Mr Eustice in Westminster.
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Videos: More flood defences arrive
Minster FM head of news David Dunning has been out and about in the city centre.
He’s captured the latest from the front line of York’s flood defences.
Multi-agency team managing response to Storm Dennis
The response to Storm Dennis in York and North Yorkshire is being managed via the area’s Local Resilience Forum.
Led by North Yorkshire County Council, it also includes North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, City of York Council, Northern Power Grid, the Environment Agency, the Met Office, Mountain Rescue teams and the Coast Guard.
Superintendent Sam Millar of North Yorkshire Police said:
By sharing real time information and the latest forecasts and impacts we have helped communities to be prepared and it’s inspiring to see how they have responded. Sandbagging, offers of loans of 4×4 vehicles, contingency planning and community spirit have been evident in many areas.
We are not out of the woods yet so please continue to help us by looking after yourself, your property and your communities and keeping up to date with the latest information.
Particularly important is the need to adhere to road closed signage. We are still getting reports that some people are driving past them or removing them.
Photograph: North Yorkshire Police
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Drivers urged to stay out of flood water after North Yorkshire rescue
The emergency services are urging drivers not to chance flooded roads.
Several roads in the county remain underwater.
Group manager at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Lee Smith, said:
There may be a view that because the rain is easing away the problem is over – that’s not the case and the impact of the rainfall will continue to become apparent over the next hours and days.
We appeal to the public to continue to stay safe and to heed all warning signs and messaging.
It comes as Tadcaster fire crews were called to an incident at Cattal this afternoon:
Just back from a resucue #Cattal with @NYFRS_Tad & our colleagues from @WYFRS. Person drove into flood water possibly 5-6ft deep @ deepest point.
River Ouse levels to rise
City of York Council set out an update on Saturday night to say that the heavy rainfall had caused the Ouse to start rising again.
a potential river level of up to 5.2m
a worst-case level of 5.4m – matching the all-time record of November 2000
the Ouse is expected to peak on Monday evening (17 February)
as at 9am on Sunday the river was at 3.42m.
The council has deployed more than 1,000 sandbags and is focusing this morning on the highest risk properties in Naburn, Clementhorpe, Fishergate and Bishopthorpe.
Updated weather warnings
There’s an updated yellow warning for wind for Yorkshire and Humber, from 10am today (Sunday) to 11am tomorrow. Gusts of 50-60mph are likely.
An amber warning for rain remains in force over York till 3pm today. The forecast is for a largely dry afternoon between 2pm and 6pm, with some showers in the evening.
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9.30pm update: River could peak at 5.4m
The council issued an update shortly before 9.30pm this evening.
The Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed levels on the river Ouse in York are forecast to be close to the levels in 2000. Current forecasts from the EA are showing a potential river level of up to 5.2metres and a worst case level of a potential 5.4metres.
The EA expects the river to peak on the evening of Monday 17 February. Conditions remain unsettled with further rain forecast over the next 48 hours which could result in changes to the levels and peak timings. The Environment Agency river forecasters will continue to monitor the situation 24/7 and provide further updates.
They show Lee, Mark and Dave working on Tower Street on Saturday lunchtime.
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MP tells national radio ‘York still doesn’t have the flood defences it needs’
York Central MP Rachael Maskell was on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning talking about the city’s flood defences, four years after the Boxing Day floods.
She told the programme:
Four years on, we still don’t have the defences our city needs. That’s unacceptable.
We haven’t seen the government putting the upper catchment management in place, slowing the flow of the river.
I have already challenged the government last week after Storm Ciara about their failure to address those areas which flood.
The Met Office weather warnings map issued 15 February
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Met Office issues new yellow warning for wind affecting York
The Met Office issued an updated weather alert at 10.19am which affects York.
The update is to the existing yellow weather warning for wind in the area, running from 10am on Sunday and noon on Monday.
It is in addition to the amber warning for rain in our area.
The update reads:
Storm Dennis will bring some very strong winds and transport disruption during Sunday and into Monday morning.
What to expect
Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves
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Rail services affected
Here’s the latest from the rail companies in our area:
Speed restrictions will be in place across the network on both days. As a result, extended journey times, short-notice delays and cancellations are expected.
LNER expect services to be extremely busy throughout the weekend, so they are encouraging customers with LNER tickets dated for travel on Saturday 15th February or Sunday 16th February, to defer travel to Monday 17th February where possible. Please travel as close to the original time as stated on your ticket.
A normal service is expected to run this weekend, however some trains may experience delays due to the forecast weather conditions.
Disruption is expected across much of the Northern rail network this weekend as Storm Dennis is set to arrive on Saturday afternoon. Northern customers are asked to check before travelling and to allow extra time for journeys this weekend. From 17:00 today until 10:00 tomorrow the line between Hebden Bridge and Rochdale will be closed. Customers are advised NOT TO TRAVEL on this route. More here.
If you are planning to use the rail network this weekend, we strongly advise that all customers check the status of your service before travelling and be prepared for delays. Full details here.
The two flood warnings in place on the morning of 15 February. Image: Flood Warning Information Service
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Current flood warnings and alerts
There are currently two flood warnings and four flood alerts around York.
Flood warnings (flooding is expected – be prepared):
River Ouse at Naburn Lock (7.44am): “Further rain associated with Storm Dennis is forecast on Saturday and Sunday 16.2.20 which will cause levels to rise again. Access roads into Naburn are affected. We are closely monitoring the situation and our Area Incident Room is open. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.”
River Ouse at York – riverside properties (7.48am): “Floodgates are closed in York and the Foss Barrier is operational. We are closely monitoring the situation and our Area Incident Room is open. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.”
Flood alerts (flooding is possible – be prepared):
Today’s game at Bootham Crescent has been called off.
York City FC announced on social media this morning that the 3pm fixture with Hereford FC was being postponed due to Storm Dennis.
The decision was taken after the club reviewed league guidance and was taken with “travelling supporters’ and players’ safety in mind”.
⚠️ GAME OFF.
After speaking with Hereford and reviewing the League guidance we have agreed that the game should NOT go ahead today due to the extreme weather conditions and travelling supporters and players safety in mind.#YCFC 🔴🔵