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Flooding Risk in Malton and Norton Continuing to Fall

Flood Old Malton 291112 1 (Environment Agency)

3:27pm 4th February 2013

Multi-agency efforts to reduce the threat of flooding in Ryedale are continuing today.

River levels and groundwater levels in the district are continuing to fall.

The level of the River Derwent currently stands at 2.643m and groundwater levels are stablilising at 21.5m.

Throughout the district some pumps will be moved off key sites however pumps will remain in Castlegate and Church Street, Malton.

“We are working towards a phased recovery as water levels continue to fall,” said Glyn Payne North Yorkshire Police’s Scarborough and Ryedale Safer Neighbourhood Commander.

“A number of pumps- though no longer required - will remain on standby in situ as a pre-caution while surface water levels remain relatively high."

“Some pumps will be taken off sites during the next couple of days however they will be kept nearby in case they need to be re-deployed."

“Silver Command will continue with a multi-agency effort to closely monitor the situation and will continue to work with the local communities to prevent further incidents.”

Met Office forecasts indicate possible snow later in the week but it is not expected to present any significant issues regarding flooding.

The Silver Command group will next meet tomorrow morning (Tuesday Feb 5) with members on standby should conditions unexpectedly deteriorate..

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. Furthermore where floodgates are closed people should not enter the area for safety reasons.

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