‘If it goes above 4.8m some areas will experience flooding.’

Cllr Paula Widdowson
17 Feb 2020 @ 9.49 am
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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.