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Flood warnings for North Yorkshire

A number of flood warnings have been issued for rivers in North Yorkshire after days of heavy rain.

Flood warnings for North Yorkshire

Flooded River Ouse, in York. Credit: ITV Calendar

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.

Flooded Tower Gardens, in York Credit: ITV Calendar
Riverside footpaths in York are flooded. Credit: ITV Calendar

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.

Tower Gardens under water in York. Credit: ITV Calendar

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 Kings Arms pub, in York Credit: ITV Calendar

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.

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