Drivers Warned to be Careful After Flooding
6:08pm 28th November 2012
North Yorkshire Police are advising motorists to exercise caution on the roads of North Yorkshire and the City of York following the recent spell of flooding.
With many roads still affected by flood water and many routes retaining standing water, a further hazard to drivers may develop as temperatures begin to fall.
Police are advising people to drive in accordance with the road conditions, plan journeys in advance and take notice of safety advice and warnings.
There are currently 21 flood warnings in place in the North East and 21 flood alerts:
The Highways Agency has issued this warning:
Drivers are being warned to expect delays on the A64 through North Yorkshire tonight as a result of local road closures due to flooding.
A number of local roads in Old Malton, Norton and York remain closed following the floods earlier this week. As a result, traffic on the approaches to these areas is backing up on to the A64.
Diversion routes have been put in place on the A64 to smooth the flow of traffic and keep delays to a minimum, but queues are likely to build up through the evening peak.
Guy Huckle from the Highways Agency, which manages the A64, said: “We are working as hard as we can with local authorities and other partners to get roads in the area back to normal, but delays are still likely. Although the A64 itself has not been directly affected by flooding, it is a key route through the county and we are experiencing a knock-on effect caused by local road closures in the surrounding towns and villages.
“We would remind drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys.”
For information on motorways and major A-roads, motorists are advised to check updated traffic information on the Highways Agency website: www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/ before travelling, look out for motorway messages and listen for radio traffic and travel updates.
For information on the local road network, drivers are asked to check traffic updates on the relevant local authority website before travelling.
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