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Flooding brings parts of the region to a standstill

The worst September flooding in a generation has left homeowners and businesses mopping up, and made travel almost impossible through some cities, towns and villages.

The A1, which was closed for thirty miles northbound from Dishforth for two days, has re-opened, but one of the main roads into York, the A19 through Fulford, is still closed. David Hirst has spent the day in Cawood near Selby, where rising water has closed the bridge over the River Ouse.



Flood update from the Environment Agency

Cawood Church is protected by the flood defences and sandbags Credit: Environment Agency

The main focus of attention is now on the River Ouse through York and downstream of York at Cawood and Selby. The River Ouse will remain high today before slowly receding. The river levels in the rest of the region continue to fall.

Due to several road closures and difficult driving conditions it has not been possible to get an accurate report on numbers of properties flooded across the region as of yet.

The latest position: Flood Alerts 28. Flood Warnings 30.

Outlook for the next 24 hours:

No more significant rainfall is expected before Sunday but low lying rivers will remain high through the rest of the week. The weather system for Sunday is anticipated to be more fast moving but may still cause issues when it arrives.

Pumping out in York

The worst flooding in 12 years on the River Ouse was expected to peak in York at breakfast time today, with major roads blocked and thousands of acres of farmland deep under water.

Environment Agency chiefs were hoping a range of flood defences would do their job in protecting thousands of homes and businesses along the Ouse and the River Foss, with only riverside properties in locations such as Kings Staith and Tower Place affected.

The agency said the Ouse was expected to peak at 8am today at between 4.7 and 4.9 metres above normal summer levels, having reached 4.56 metres by late afternoon yesterday. Calendar spoke to pub landlady Kelly Bailey, resident John Barker and local councillor Joe Riches.

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