5 months ago

The River Ouse is rising

Confirmation that the River Ouse is on the rise:

5 months ago

‘Going out tonight? Take the big coat’ – Met Office

This is the forecast for tonight, and some advice from the Met Office:

5 months ago

Video: The river’s high but the city centre is fine

Minster FM news editor David Dunning is out and about in York city centre this afternoon.

His video shows that the River Ouse is certainly high but contained. The rest of the city is fine, if a little wet and blustery.

5 months ago

Council workers are shoring up York’s defences

Here are some of the City of York Council frontline team working to make sure York’s defences are ready for Storm Dennis.

The pictures come from Gwen Swinburn on Twitter.

They show Lee, Mark and Dave working on Tower Street on Saturday lunchtime.

Photograph: Gwen Swinburn on Twitter
York MP takes to the national airways to berate city flood defences
5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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.

Details of cancelled services can be found here.

Grand Central
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.

TransPennine Express
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.

5 months ago

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):

5 months ago

York City game is OFF

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”.

It does mean that Bootham Crescent is likely to host one more ‘final’ game under the floodlights.

Here’s some reaction:

5 months ago

The rain is here and atmosphere pressure is dropping

Here we go again…

Pressure is dropping fast and the rain is coming down – Storm Dennis is in town.

We’ll keep updating this blog with news from in and around York.

Here are some weather updates to start us off…

5 months ago

Motorbike caught fire outside house in York

Firefighters were called to a motorbike fire early today (Friday, 14 February).

Crews from York and Acomb were called out at 2.05am to the vehicle outside a house in York.

They extinguished using knapsack sprayers and buckets of water.

5 months ago

Level crossing barrier gets stuck

A level crossing barrier in York got stuck in the down position this morning, causing delays for motorists.

Both the Reliance and First York bus companies reported the problem with Millfield Lane automatic level crossing in Poppleton, at about 8.30am this morning (Tuesday).

It was reopened by 10.20am.

5 months ago

The River Ouse is due to peak early on Tuesday

The River Ouse is set to peak tomorrow (Tuesday), below its all time high.

According to York Central MP Rachael Maskell, the Ouse now expected to peak at 5am to the level of 4.2m.

She tweeted that this is the level it reached in early December 2015 with Storm Desmond. The one that brought the devastating Boxing Day floods that year was Storm Eva.

Graphic: Flood Warning Information Service

Her tweet at 2.19pm came shortly after this graphic from the Flood Warning Information Service, suggesting a peak at 5.45am of 4.42m.

Ms Maskell wrote: “The incident room at the Environment Agency is open. I thank the staff for their hard work over the weekend.”

5 months ago

Large tree in Acomb felled by Storm Ciara

Here’s another victim of Storm Ciara.

The high winds have felled a large mature tree on Acomb Green.

The tree, thought to be an oak, was photographed by Gavin Aitchison this morning (Monday).

5 months ago

Travel disruption continues – trains cancelled, buses diverted

The weather is still causing transport disruption today.

It is causing problems on the trains, with a number of cancellations. Here’s where you can find the latest:

Grand Central says all there services are running, but are likely to be packed:

First York have a diversion on the no 10 route:

But Skeldergate is open, although this may change:

5 months ago

A round-up of the latest news is now live

Bright sunshine on Shambles right now, but it is pretty gusty and more rain is forecast.

On the main news site we have posted an update on the impact of the inclement weather today, which has closed Shambles Market among other places.

It also has links to all the flood warnings for York at the moment.

5 months ago

Sandbags deployed in three York locations as rivers set to rise to the highest levels since the 2015 floods

More on York readying its flood defences, first mentioned at 4.55pm.

City of York Council has issued a statement outlining the latest safety measures in the light of rising river levels.

“With river levels predicted to rise to the highest levels seen since the 2015 floods, the council has been putting in defences to protect those areas most affected,” it says.

That means putting sandbags in place at:

  • Clementhorpe
  • Tower Gardens
  • and Tower Place, which also gets a pump to clear water.

Flood boards have been installed at Peckitt Street.

Further measures like the closure of St George’s Field car park and Rowntree Park are likely to happen in the early hours of tomorrow, although plans will be revised if the forecasts change.

The River Ouse in York tonight. Photograph: Farson Digital Watercams
Councillor Paula Widdowson, executive member for climate change, said:

  • We’re expecting the river to reach high levels tomorrow afternoon, so a flood warning is now just a matter of when rather than if.

    As a city, we’ve spent a lot of time and effort preparing for flood risk so we can protect people and property so, by and large, we should be able to get on with daily life.

    We’re putting place the local and citywide flood defences, and any residents or businesses at risk of flooding should also put their own flood plans in place.

    It’ll be business as usual for York tomorrow, just take extra care on the roads and remember that riverside paths and cycle ways are likely to be affected as river levels rise.

Two useful websites – the council’s flood advice page, and the national flood warnings site.

5 months ago

Flood alert issued for River Foss catchment

Unsurprisingly, we have more flood alerts from the Environment Agency.

It issued an alert for the River Foss catchment at 6.46pm.

The agency said:

  • River levels have risen and are likely to remain high overnight. Avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses.

    We are monitoring the situation closely.

There are now five flood alerts around York, concerning:

5 months ago

York readies its defences as flood alert issued for River Ouse

A flood alert has this afternoon (Sunday) been issued for the upper River Ouse.

And City of York Council says it is ready with its flood defence plan.

The flood alert was issued by the Environment Agency at 4.40pm, after the heavy rain brought by Storm Ciara. It says:

  • There has been widespread heavy rain accompanied by high winds throughout Sunday 09/02/2020, and we expect further patchy rainfall throughout the coming week. River levels are rising and are currently 1.8m at York Viking recorder and rising.

    We expect levels to rise above 4.5m mid-afternoon tomorrow Monday 10/02/20 and remain high into next week along the River Ouse catchment.

    Avoid using low lying footpaths near local water courses. We are monitoring the situation closely and expect to operate the Foss barrier.

City of York Council tweeted out: “With all this water around from #StormCiara, river levels are rising.

“We’re working with partners to monitor our rivers, and are ready to put in place our flood defence plans to protect our communities as the needs arise.”

5 months ago

More updates from around the city and beyond

Here are some more of the impacts of Storm Ciara near us, which has closed everything from cycle paths to museums and made driving treacherous. The worst of it appears to be in Pateley Bridge which has a severe flood warning.

5 months ago

Car hit by falling tree in York

These pictures show how a falling tree caused serious problems on a street in Tang Hall, York, earlier today.

The tree, brought down by Storm Ciara, hit a car on St Hilda’s Mews.

It struck a white Nissan Juke, causing damage to its roof and door. The car was being driven at the time. A witness said the driver was shocked but appeared otherwise unhurt, but had to be checked out by medics.

The tree blocked the road for some time but it has now been cleared away and the road is passable again.

Thanks to reader Kelly Maughan for the photos.

5 months ago

Fallen tree cleared from Stockton Lane

You can now get through on Stockton Lane.

A tree had fallen close to the mini-roundabout near the stray and was all but blocking the road.

But a City of York Council worker has done a great job of cutting back the tree and clearing the road.

5 months ago

Flood risk information in York – update

Pedestrians and walkers are warned that riverside paths could soon be unusable in York.

This from City of York Council deputy leader Andy D’Agorne:

5 months ago

Videos: It’s a bit blowy out

This from York Twitter user Martin Hetherington:

And this from Ian at Money Alive:

Meanwhile the York Press‘s Daniel Willers is braving the city centre:

As Minster FM’s Ben Fry is seeing his garden transformed:

5 months ago

Fallen tree blocks Stockton Lane

A fallen tree is causing problems on Stockton Lane in York.

It was reported by Coastliner buses at 11.42am. The service is being diverted.

According to Twitter user Genius & Me it is blocking three quarters of the road.

5 months ago

Fulford Road closed due to flooding

Flooding has closed a key York road.

Fulford road is impassable at Germany Beck at the moment. Buses are being diverted.

5 months ago

Storm Ciara: Emergency services inundated by calls

Gale force winds and torrential rain are battering North Yorkshire today as Storm Ciara hits our neck of the woods.

North Yorkshire Police say their Force Control Room is being inundated with calls.

There is widespread flooding, particularly in the Skipton and Craven areas, trees are blocking roads and it’s generally not particularly safe out there.

North Yorkshire Police say:

  • No corner of the county has escaped today’s bad weather, and our Force Control Room and frontline officers have dealt with a large range and high volume of weather-related incidents.

    We’re working closely with other organisations including North Yorkshire’s Highways team to keep routes as clear as possible and divert motorists if absolutely necessary.

You can read the full story here.

We’ll keep updating our live blog with any news from York and around.

5 months ago

City centre roads reopen after accident

An update on our post about an accident in York city centre.

All the affected roads – Station Road, Lendal Bridge and Rougier Street – have now been reopened.

5 months ago

Serious accident in York city centre

Several roads have been closed in the city centre this morning (Sunday) following what police are describing as a serious accident.

Road closures are in place on Station Road, Lendal Bridge & Rougier Street.

Traffic can turn left out the rail station to access Leeman Rd only.

North Yorkshire Police first tweeted about the accident at 5.18am.

The closures will be in place until around 9am – please find alternative routes.

5 months ago

Two cyclists taken to hospital after serious accident near Strensall barracks

Two cyclists have been taken to hospital after an accident on Strensall Road this morning (Saturday).

They were in collision with a car near to the army barracks. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called to the scene. It took a male casualty to hospital, and a woman was taken to hospital by road ambulance.

The road is closed as investigations continue.

Bus services have set up diversions.

5 months ago

Burst water main is causing queuing traffic in York

A burst water main is causing disruption at a busy York junction.

There’s standing water on the Eboracum Way/James Street junction, and the traffic lights are out.

Temporary lights are in place, but queues are building up. Probably best to avoid for the time being.

5 months ago

Power cut hits York city centre shops

York shops have been hit by a power cut this morning (Thursday).

The electricity went off at 10.34am to properties in the postcode YO1 8SE – which includes Parliament Street.

A Northern Powergrid spokeswoman told YorkMix:

  • We have a fault on our network which is currently affecting three shops in the centre of York.

    We have an engineer on site who is liaising with our customers and working to restore supplies.

    Our current estimated time for restoring power is 12.30pm.

    We thank the stores and shoppers for their patience.

The Grand Opera House also reported an outage this morning:

5 months ago

York mental health champions mark Time to Talk Day

It’s Time to Talk Day (Thursday, 6 February) and York’s mental health champions are out and about.

Throughout the day, the champions will be visiting cafés, restaurants, bars, community organisations and venues across the city to talk about Time to Change. They have been delivering coasters and spreading the word about the support available in York.

Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how people think and act about mental health problems and aim to tackle the stigma around mental health.

City of York Council is supporting a local Time to Change hub in the city to help raise awareness of and challenge stigma around mental health.

Time to Change York coordinator Emma Williams said:

  • No one should feel ashamed to talk about their mental health.

    We all have mental health and as Time to Change community champions in York, we use our personal experiences of mental ill health to have conversations with residents and visitors of York to help dispel myths and to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

    There are no ‘entry requirements’ or a need to have a formal diagnosis of a mental health condition to be a Champion. Anyone with a lived experience of mental illness can get involved!

To find out how, contact timetochange@yorkcvs.org.uk.

5 months ago

Gun salute and parade in York today to mark Queen’s 68 years on the throne

Lots of military pomp and pageantry in York today (Thursday), to mark the Queen’s accession to the throne.

The British Army will sound a 21-gun salute in Museum Gardens at noon today, after a parade through the city with the band from Catterick garrison.

Here are the timings if you want to go along:

10:45am – band starts to march through streets
11:30am – band marches into Museum Gardens
11:40am – guests arrive at Yorkshire Museum
12:00pm – Royal Salute
12:05pm – National Anthem
12:20pm – guests depart while band continues playing
12:30pm – event finishes.

Here’s a flavour of what to expect, from the last gun salute to mark the Prince of Wales’ birthday…

5 months ago

Firefighters prevent chip pan fire in York

Fire crews managed to avert a chip pan fire in York overnight.

Crews were called out to Bishopthorpe Road at 6.16pm on Wednesday (February 5) to help a man who’d locked himself out of the flat with the pan heating on the stove.

Firefighters got into the flat using a door enforcer and took the pan off the hob before fire broke out .

The fire service was called out to these other incidents:

7.19pm – Gale Lane: helped police and council officials get into a property so paramedics could treat a collapsed resident.

7.57pm – Hamilton Drive East: again, Acomb firefighters gained entrance to a property so an ambulance crew could treat someone inside.

9.56pm – Holgate Road: Fire crews from York, Acomb and Huntington responded to a report of a fire in the oven of a flat. The fire was out when they arrived and they ventilated the flat of smoke with a fan.

5 months ago

Police appeal: House burglary on Earswick Chase

A house on Earswick Chase was broken into in York between Saturday 25 January and Friday 31 January.

The offenders gained access at the rear of the property where the patio door was smashed setting off the alarm.

Items taken included a Moncler navy blue padded outdoor jacket worth £700, a Moncler navy blue hooded jacket with soft padding inside and a white zip up the middle worth £600, and a Canadian Goose grey bomber-style outdoor jacket with grey hood and black trim on the cuffs worth £550.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Lucy Watson, and quote reference number 12200018072.