Storm Gareth brings down tree in York – as flood warnings issued

The felled tree on Water End in York. Photograph: Richard Newby
13 Mar 2019 @ 8.04 am
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York has escaped largely unscathed from Storm Gareth so far.

But it did bring down a tree on Water End, close to Clifton Green.

No one was hurt in the incident and the road has now been cleared.

In North Yorkshire, fire crews attended cars stuck in flood water in Skipton, and were called to a property in Scarborough where a TV aerial had become detached and was in danger of falling onto the path.

Damage to the electric wires on the East Coast Main Line means trains running between Durham and Newcastle may be delayed by up to 15 minutes.

Flood warnings

There are flood warnings issued for the River Ouse at York.

One, issued at 2.56am on Wednesday, is for riverside properties in the city. “The river is starting to come over the banks through the city centre,” the flood information service says. It adds:

  • We expect river levels to continue rising throughout Wednesday 13/03/19. A peak level in York of 3.6m is currently forecast for the early hours of Thursday morning 14/03/19, however this is likely to change.

At Naburn Lock, an update issued at 3.03am on Wednesday says “flooding of roads, riverside paths and cycle-paths” is expected.

Storm Gareth is expected to continue moving across the country throughout the day, with the worst of the winds occurring in the early hours before gradually easing later on in the afternoon as the storm moves out to the North Sea.

A yellow warning for wind applies to York till 3pm today.