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The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for three Yorkshire rivers which have been swollen by days of heavy rain. There are four flood warnings in place on the River Ouse - three of them in and around York. There are also warnings for the River Swale at Kirby Wiske and for the River Ure.
Environment Agency officials monitoring the Ouse in York say it is currently 3.7 metres or 12 feet 3 ins and is expected to stay at or around this level throughout Sunday. The typical river level range is between 0.05 metres and 1.90 metres.
Despite the flood warnings for riverside properties, tourism officials insist York is open for business. 40,000 visitors are expected for the annual Jorvik Viking Festival, which began on Saturday.
The worst flooding to hit the city in recent years was in November 2000, when the Ouse peaked at 5.4 metres or about 17 ft 8ins. That led to thousands of residents being evacuated from their homes and the army being called in to build makeshift sandbag defences.
Eleven firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service are in Somerset to help the flood relief effort. The crew from Stanningley fire station have expertise in High Volume Pump operation and are supporting Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
They are currently working eight miles north of Taunton, North Moor at Bridgwater.
"We are moving water into a canal to alleviate the lowland flooding. Some houses in the area have been breached and have been evacuated. There are other houses under similar threat which we are endeavouring to save. "
Alan Jordon, Station Commander for Stanningley fire and rescue
Four weeks after the devastating tidal surge, the East Coast is tonight once again experiencing exceptionally high tides.
The tides are - on paper at least - even higher than the ones which last month forced hundreds of people out of their homes and left a huge bill for the damage.
However, the storms battering the South West will not combine with these super high tides to create another surge along the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coastline.
Michael Billington was in Scarborough which is still counting the cost from last month's floods.
Responding to reports the Environment Agency is to shed 15% of its workforce to save money, a spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said more money is being spent on tackling the risk of flooding than ever before.
They said: "We're currently spending over £2.3 billion on tackling the risk of flooding and coastal erosion. Together with contributions from other partners, this is more money than ever before.
"We'll also be making record levels of capital investment and will be spending over £400 million by 2020/21.
"In addition we have provided the Environment Agency with an above-inflation increase of £5 million on their floods maintenance work in 2015/16.
"Departments and agencies across government are having to make choices about their budgets and the Environment Agency is making their own choices about how best to use their resources."
High tides and gale force winds are expected to combine to cause storm surges in parts of the UK today.
In Portsmouth high tide is expected at 12.18, in Torquay it is expected at 19.53 and in Plymouth the tide will reach its peak at 19.23.
Experts say there are no problems forecast for coastal areas in our region after last month's tidal surge - but they are still working on a programme of flood defence schemes to prevent further damage.
Temporary repairs have started on a stretch of defences near Welwick in East Yorkshire, where the Environment Agency has been planning for several years to turn 345 acres of riverside farmland into wetland habitats by building new defences inland and then breaching the old defences.
"At the beginning of December the east coast saw the worst tidal surge in 60 years. Although our defences protected around 130,000 properties from flooding, the force and height of the tides combined with a surge effect damaged some of our defences so we are working now to reinstate the protection that they provided.
"There are no coastal problems currently forecast for Yorkshire over the New Year period but as always the Environment Agency will be closely monitoring weather conditions, river levels and tides.
"Householders and businesses are being reminded to check their local flood risk by visiting our website."
Although the New Year will see high tides on the east coast, tide levels alone will not pose a significant flood risk, according to the Environment Agency.
For a tidal surge, high tides must be combined with atmospheric depression and high winds - a rare combination that last occurred 60 years ago.
A programme of repairs is underway on flood defences in our region after the biggest tidal surge in 60 years damaged coastal areas in December.
Flood defence officers have been out inspecting 200km of defences in Yorkshire to assess damage and schedule in repair work, using the latest technology to determine how the tide has affected existing defences -as well as defence schemes that are planned for the future.
Temporary repairs have already begun on a stretch of defences near Welwick in East Yorkshire. Minor repairs to sections of a further 3km length of defences will begin in February 2014. The Environment Agency has also sandbagged low spots in defences, including Kilnsea.
Flood alerts are in place in North Yorkshire after days of heavy rain on the Pennines. Riverside footpaths at King's Staith and Queen's Staith in York have been flooded. Guests at a local hotel had to move their cars from a riverside car park before the River Ouse burst its banks.
One flood warning was in place on Sunday morning at Naburn Lock on the outskirts of the city. The Environment Agency says this means flooding is expected and immediate action is required by those in the affected area.
Lower category flood alerts have been issued for other stretches of the River Ouse and the River Nidd. Businesses in York remain open and while no significant rainfall is expected throughout Sunday, unsettled weather is forecast for Monday.