HEAVY rain has caused flooding across North Yorkshire and the East Riding.

This evening there are 15 flood warnings in place across the North East - meaning flooding is expected - and 33 flood alerts with firefighters having been called out to numerous incidents across the region.

Forecasters have predicted heavy rain into tomorrow with the Met Office and the Environment Agency urging the public to prepare for possible travel disruption and flooding.

Eddy Carroll, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “The heaviest and most persistent rain on Sunday night and into Monday is expected to be over parts of northern England and north Wales.

“Here we can expect between 30 and 40 mm of rain falling in many areas and up to 70 mm of rain in parts of northeast England, continuing the risk of further flooding and travel disruption. We urge everyone to keep up to date with forecasts and warnings and be prepared for what the weather will bring.”

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said it had been called out to over 30 flooding-related incidents today.

Among the numerous call-outs for the fire service today, crews spent hours pumping water in Saxton near Tadcaster where a number of properties were flooded, and working to stop water from surrounding fields entering the village.

Firefighters pumped water from properties in Sandy Lane in Stockton on the Forest, Hob Moor in York, Sessay, Little Ouseburn, Pilmoor, Tockwith, and Cliffe near SelbyDunnington, Pickering, Harrogate, Cattal, Norton and Ripon.

Main Street in Sutton Upon Derwent was closed by floods and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service dealt with localised flooding in Wilberfoss and flooding to a basement in Seven Corners Lane in Beverley.

Meanwhile, two people were rescued at Boghole Bank in Thimbleby after becoming trapped on a bank near a waterfall. They were taken to hospital for treatment for hypothermia, a fire service spokesman said.

The Enviroment Agency has put flood warnings in place for Kings Staith, Queens Staith, South Esplanade and New Walk next to the Ouse in York and for Pocklington Beck and properties on or next to Main Street, Pocklington.

Further warnings were made for the River Derwent at Buttercrambe Mill, beckside properties in Bishop Monkton and Hovingham Beck at Hovingham.