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

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9 Feb 2020 @ 7.31 pm
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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.