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Snaith river levels appear to peak but there are warnings of further flood risks

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Water levels in the flood hit town of Snaith appear to have stabilised, but there are warnings of further flood risks as rain is forecast over the next few days.

Around 60 properties are thought to have flooded since the River Aire burst its banks on Tuesday.

Council staff are deploying sandbags, checking on residents and dealing with road closures, which remain in place. Officers are stationed at the Snaith Priory Church rest centre and at Snaith Library to offer advice and information.

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Roads that remain closed are the A1041 north of Snaith and the A1041 at East Cowick. The only road open into Snaith is Pontefract Road.

The council says the recovery operation can only begin when the risk of further flooding subsides.

Full recovery activities won’t be able to start until water levels have receded and will not rise again.

When that happens, our officers will visit every affected property when it is safe and sensible to do so.

We will also arrange special bulky waste collections for badly damaged goods.

– Paul Abbott, head of housing transportation and public protection,

Nearby in East Cowick, flood water is continuing to breach the banks.

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The council has given the following insurance advice to people affected by the flooding.

  • If you are insured you need to ring your insurance providers immediately. Don’t do anything to your flooded home, such as throwing things away, without consent from your insurer. If you don’t do this the insurance provider may not pay out.
  • Your insurance provider will project manage most of the clean-up. They will arrange for a loss adjuster and other specialists to visit your home to assess the damage. They will usually arrange for a professional cleaning company to come and undertake the work or, if the damage is severe, appoint someone to remove flood damaged walls and floors plus damaged goods.
  • They will also, usually, provide temporary accommodation. Many people want to stay at their home, living upstairs or in a caravan on the drive during the repair work. If you have to make a decision about where to stay, please bear in mind that recovery can take a very long time – months rather than weeks. This is because homes need to be thoroughly dried out before any repair works start.
  • Residents are advised to sign up to the Environment Agency Flood Warning Service by visiting UK - Sign up for flood warningor by calling Floodline on 0345 9881188.