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River Derwent Levels in Malton and Norton Monitored as Flood Fears Continue

View from Riverside Play Area Norton-on-Derwent 300113 (Ryedale Council)

3:23pm 30th January 2013

Multi agency teams are continuing to work together in response to the further threat of flooding for Ryedale as river levels stay high and groundwater levels continue to rise.

The level of the River Derwent in Malton is currently 4.15m with groundwater levels con-tinuing to rise to 21.26m.

Weather forecasts predict that more rainfall is expected over the next few days.

Silver Command—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 - has been set up as river and groundwater levels continue to rise in the district.

High volume pumps are already on key sites throughout Malton, Norton, Old Malton and Brawby with additional pumps expected to be added at Old Malton and Chandlers Wharf , Malton this afternoon.

“All agencies are working hard to do all they can to keep local residents and businesses safe from flooding, ” said Supt Glyn Payne, of North Yorkshire Police.

“Groundwater springs are continuing to be very active and all the pumps we put in place yesterday are working as we had expected. To date no properties have been flooded.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation and Silver Command will meet again tomorrow”

View from County Bridge Norton-on-Derwent 300113 (Ryedale Council)

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