Latest Flood Information.
9:57am 27th September 2012
The River Ouse in York has reached near record levels this morning and is still rising. It's expected to peak at 10.00am but will remain high for the next 24 hours.
Fire crews and the Environment Agency are pumping water away in the city.
Emergency services have now dealt with nearly 300 flood related incidents and taken nearly 500 calls
Flood warnings are still in place in many other areas including on the River Tutt in Boroughbridge.
The Environment Agency is advising communities in North Yorkshire to remain vigilant and be prepared against the possibility of flooding, as rivers peak at near record levels.
Responding to the heavy rainfall, the River Ouse at York, has risen steadily to over five metres this morning. This is the third highest level recorded. The Environment Agency say they have been working together with emergency services to warn and protect local communities from flooding.
Overnight, 60 troops have helped to put 4,000 sandbags in place, on top of the defences at Cawood. This provided additional protection to nearly 300 homes. The river is currently measuring 7.89 metres and looks to be levelling off.
The Environment Agency say they are continuing monitor river levels at Selby, and current forecasts show that the effects from the high tide at 07:00 should not cause any additional flooding.
In York city centre, up to 80 properties have been reported as being flooded by yesterday evening – with 30 of these being flooded by local drains and surface water.
Residents are being urged to check the Environment Agency’s website for up-to-date flood risk information, and to stay away from swollen rivers and floodwater.
Homes, roads and rail networks continue to be affected by flooding in northern parts of England and Wales today.
The Environment Agencysay they are operating around the clock, clearing watercourses of debris, monitoring river levels and deploying pumping equipment to clear towns of flood water. The Environment Agency has sent over 105,000 warnings to properties at risk of flooding.
They are advising the public to continue to check their local flood risk information on the Environment Agency’s website, at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood. People can sign up for free flood warnings on their website or by calling the Environment Agency Flood Line on 0845 988 1188.
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