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Police re-issue flood warnings after man's rescued

Police are once again warning pedestrians and motorists not to ignore flood warnings after a man had to be rescued from a river.

Emergency servies were called out to Newton on Ouse in North Yorkshire this morning after a man became stranded in flood water.

"A man got into difficulties after travelling through flood water and the emergency services came to his aid.

"The last thing I want to happen after the efforts of all the agencies who have worked tirelessly to keep everyone safe this week, is for someone to lose their life after ignoring a road or bridge closed sign.

"Staff from North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council are working throughout the weekend to get roads open as quickly as possible."

– North Yorkshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable Iain Spittal

"Engineers also need to check bridges to ensure they are structurally sound. So if you see a bridge closed sign, even if it looks clear, it may not be safe. So please wait until the bridge has been given the all clear by engineers and has been re-opened.

"It is simply not worth risking your life or the lives of your rescuers to save a few minutes of journey time."

– added Assistant Chief Constable Spittal

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