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Flood Threat Eases in Malton and Norton

Malton Flood (Aaron Clarke) 291112 4

4:54pm 1st February 2013

Multi-agency efforts to reduce the threat of flooding in Ryedale continue to be effective.

Following the deployment of high volume pumps at key sites in Malton, Norton, Old Malton and Brawby throughout the week, the situation is now much improved.

The Environment Agency has confirmed that the River Derwent has dropped considerably with levels running at 3.43m. Ground water is still rising in places, but now at a much slower and manageable rate.

Importantly, the Met Office has said the weekend weather forecast is not expected to present any significant issues regarding flooding.

The improving picture was confirmed at a meeting today (Friday 1 February 2013) of the Silver Command group, a co-ordinating team of staff from North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, North Yorkshire County Council, Ryedale District Council, the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water.

Superintendent Glyn Payne, the Scarborough and Ryedale Safer Neighbourhood Commander, said: “The close partnership work in response to the threat of flooding in Ryedale has been excellent. It is satisfying to know that the decisive actions of the agencies involved have protected homes and businesses in the local area.

“While the outlook over the weekend is positive, particularly with a more favourable weather forecast, I want to reassure residents that the pumps will remain in place where they are needed and the situation will be carefully monitored.”

The Silver Command group will next meet on Monday morning. However, should conditions unexpectedly deteriorate, members will remain on stand-by.  

Residents and people visiting the area have again been advised to take full notice of flood warning signs to avoid unnecessary danger and damage to vehicles.

Residents affected by flooding are reminded that the Flood Forum Roadshow will be at the Asda Supermarket car park between 12noon and 6pm on Monday 4 February 2013.

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