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Fresh wave of flooding brings more misery for East Yorkshire residents

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Bad weather is continuing to cause chaos in East Yorkshire with more areas affected by flooding after heavy rain overnight.

A major sandbagging operation has been underway with council staff working around the clock to try to protect homes and businesses. Flood warnings remain in place along the River Aire. Michael Billington reports

Snaith, Gowdall, East Cowick and West Cowick have been some of the worst-hit areas.

  • In West Cowick, 30 properties are at risk of flooding. These include Little London Lane, High Street, Finley’s Lane and the Pickwill Barrier Bank is unsafe.
  • In East Cowick, 50 properties have been confirmed as flooded and a further 35 have been evacuated.
  • Back Lane and Lidgate continue to be the areas at risk of flooding.
  • Water levels have risen again in Snaith and the council sandbagged Pontefract Road last night to keep it open and allow access. Presently, 23 properties have been confirmed as flooded and a further 60 have been evacuated.

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A number of roads remain impassable with motorists being warned not to drive through flood waters. In Snaith, there was only one passable road which Humberside Police warning it needs to be kept clear for emergency vehicles.

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The latest road closures are as follows:

A645 Pontefract Road is closed to through traffic at the junction of Long Lane, Pollington - this is open to residents only

A1041 closed at Gyme Corner roundabout, East Cowick

A614 towards Thorne also closed from Gyme Corner roundabout

A614 northbound towards Snaith is closed at the Thorne roundabout (off Junction 6 of M18)

A1041 Snaith is still closed at Carlton Bridge.

Snaith Plough Inn roudabout until Market Place

Snaith High Street is closed at Pontefract Road

The Environment Agency, Humberside Fire and Rescue, Humberside Police and HM Coastguard – will be carrying out a planned evacuation, where needed with further rain and high winds being forecast over the weekend.

We are constantly monitoring the conditions on the ground in East Cowick, West Cowick, Snaith and the surrounding areas and are responding accordingly.

“As a precaution, vulnerable residents from Back Lane and Lidgate, in East Cowick, are being evacuated.

“Sandbags are constantly being delivered to the areas at risk.

“People who are at risk of flooding and have not yet evacuated their properties are encouraged to do so.

“Our staff will remain on site 24/7 across the weekend and for as long as they are needed during this emergency situation.”

– Ellie Gray, interim head of children and young people specialist services,

Priory Church and Snaith Sports Centre in Snaith have opened their doors for those who have been forced to leave their homes.

Residents are advised to sign up to the Environment Agency Flood Warning Service by visiting GOV.UK - Sign up for flood warning (external website) or by calling Floodline on 0345 9881188.