‘Going out tonight? Take the big coat’ – Met Office
This is the forecast for tonight, and some advice from the Met Office:
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 15, 2020
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.
This is why #york is open for business today. You can see that the floods affect the river side and the main shopping streets are much higher. So come @VisitYork use @FirstYork P&Ride and enjoy. @minsterfm News. @YorkRetailForum @MakeItYork @York_Means_Biz @CityofYork pic.twitter.com/KNcdIAAf7x
— DavidDunninguk (@daviddunninguk) February 15, 2020
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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):
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”.
⚠️ 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 🔴🔵
— York City FC (@YorkCityFC) February 15, 2020
It does mean that Bootham Crescent is likely to host one more ‘final’ game under the floodlights.
Here’s some reaction:
— York City France (@YorkCityFrance) February 15, 2020
— Spirit of Eighty Four (@YCSP84) February 15, 2020
Bugger. But probably sensible and certainly considerate toward the travelling support of both teams which is decent. Another 'final' night game it is then! 😀#ycfc #football #photography https://t.co/Ih5vZRdDBr pic.twitter.com/EWLTVcyHX3
— Tony Cole (@Yorktone) February 15, 2020
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…
Pressure dropping fast – heralding the arrival of Storm Dennis 999mb #WeatherAware
— York Weather Station (@YorkWeatherStn) February 15, 2020
Environmental Agency flood impact timeline pic.twitter.com/SOwhMpg73z
— York Weather Station (@YorkWeatherStn) February 15, 2020
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.
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.
— Reliance Buses (@Reliancebus) February 11, 2020
⚠️ SERVICE UPDATE – 10 ⚠️
Due to the re-opening of Millfield Lane Level Crossing service 10 will be resuming the normal route and serving Manor School.
Thank you all for your patience whilst this was resolved. 😊🚌 ^TC
— First York (@FirstYork) February 11, 2020
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.
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.”
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:
- LNER travel alerts and updates
- National Rail Enquiries updates
- Northern Rail updates
- Transpenning Express travel information
Grand Central says all there services are running, but are likely to be packed:
A full Grand Central service is planned to operate today as per our timetable and customers can use their Grand Central tickets dated Sunday 9 February to travel on Grand Central services today.
We expect all trains to be very busy.
— Grand Central Rail (@GC_Rail) February 10, 2020
First York have a diversion on the no 10 route:
🚧 DIVERSION – 10 🚧
Due to flooding service 10 will be diverting along Millfield Ln, Ebor Way, right onto Dikelands Ln, onto Main St then back onto normal route.
We apologise for any disruption this may cause to your day. ^TC
— First York (@FirstYork) February 10, 2020
But Skeldergate is open, although this may change:
— Marc Bichtemann (@MarcBichtemann) February 10, 2020
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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:
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.”
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.
Due to the adverse weather the Museum is closing early today at 3:00pm#StormCiara
— Yorkshire Air Museum (@air_museum) February 9, 2020
Also preparing to close access to Terry Ave pic.twitter.com/lkLsSKlFdd
— Andrew Jamieson (@acj106) February 9, 2020
This is the scene in #Pateleybridge where there is a severe threat to life flood warning in place at the moment. I am live on @StrayFM with updates this afternoon #StormCiara pic.twitter.com/DVw8MjVMQP
— Will Smith 📻📻 (@strayfmwill) February 9, 2020
This driver had a lucky escape by Ripon golf club. Thanks so much to all the locals who pulled together to get the road partially open pic.twitter.com/SzXomChprR
— PC Sarah 👮🏼♀️ (@PCPink1995) February 9, 2020
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.
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.
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:
Important flood risk information – please retweet. predicted rise to 4m by 9am which means riverside #yorkpaths impassable @iTravelYork @YorkCycle @YorkBikeBelles @YorkEnvironmen1 https://t.co/edmpQzcTZL
— Andy D'Agorne (@AndyDAgorne) February 9, 2020
Videos: It’s a bit blowy out
This from York Twitter user Martin Hetherington:
— Martin Hetherington (@M_Hetherington2) February 9, 2020
And this from Ian at Money Alive:
— Ian at Money Alive (@MyMoneyAlive) February 9, 2020
Meanwhile the York Press‘s Daniel Willers is braving the city centre:
— Daniel Willers (@danwillerspress) February 9, 2020
As Minster FM’s Ben Fry is seeing his garden transformed:
— Minster FM Breakfast Show (@BenMinsterFM) February 9, 2020
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.
There’s a fallen tree on Stockton Lane so our #Coastliner buses are having to take a slightly different route to Malton Road. It means we have to miss stops at Herberts Way, Seymour Grove, Hewarth Golf Course and Monk Stray. Sorry if this affects your journey with us today
— Coastliner | York & Country (@yorkbus) February 9, 2020
@NYorksPolice hi, there’s a tree down on Stockton Lane, stray end. Three quarters blocking the road. Only just possible to pass.
— Genius & Me (@GeniusnMe) February 9, 2020
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.
Due to flooding Fulford road is closed at Germany Beck.
Service 7’s are diverting via Heslington Lane, Field Lane , Hull Road and the A64 in both directions.^SF
— First York (@FirstYork) February 9, 2020
Team are telling me that Germany Beck #A19 is flooding and road is being closed. Diversion will be in place for service 7 and Fulford Village will not be served. Follow @FirstYork for updates. #StormCiara #York pic.twitter.com/biJi7MLMEG
— Marc Bichtemann (@MarcBichtemann) February 9, 2020
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.
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.
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.
⚠️ UPDATE ⚠️
We are providing a shuttle service between Huntington Avon drive and Strensall via the A64 and Flaxton. 🚌
This will be a 40 minute service to allow access to Strensall.
We apologise for the disruptions caused. ^TC
— First York (@FirstYork) February 8, 2020
🚧 SERVICE UPDATE – 5 🚧
Due to the Road Traffic Accident near Strensall Camp, the road has been closed and is expected to be for up to 4 hours. Service 5 will be terminating at Avon Drive until further notice.
We will keep you updated on this. ^TC
— First York (@FirstYork) February 8, 2020
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.
— Gwen Swinburn (@GSwinburn) February 7, 2020
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:
❗️❗️Thu 6 Feb – Owing to a power outage, it is not currently possible to book tickets via ATG Tickets and the theatre box office and we hope to be back up and running very soon. Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.
— Grand Opera House York (@grandoperayork) February 6, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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…
— YorkMix (@theyorkmix) November 14, 2019
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.
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.