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- River Ouse has peaked at 4.56m above normal
- Road closures causing distruption
The Highways Agency have advised drivers to expect delays on the A64 through North Yorkshire this afternoon as a result of local road closures due to flooding.
A number of local roads in Old Malton, Norton and York remain closed following the floods, and traffic on the approaches to these areas is backing up on to the A64.
Diversions have been put in place on the A64 to smooth the flow of traffic and keep delays to a minimum, but queues are likely to build up through the evening peak.
Guy Huckle from the Highways Agency, said: “We are working as hard as we can with local authorities and other partners to get roads in the area back to normal, but delays are still likely.
"Although the A64 itself has not been directly affected by flooding, it is a key route through the county and we are experiencing a knock-on effect caused by local road closures in the surrounding towns and villages. We would remind drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys.”
For information on motorways and major A-roads, motorists are advised to check updated traffic information at highways.gov.uk/traffic-information
The Environment Agency has confirmed the level of the River Ouse at Cawood, near Selby, was 7.54 metres at 4pm, just below the highest it has ever been, which was 7.9 metres.
The Environment Agency has confirmed the level of the River Ouse in the centre of York was 4.46 metres at 4pm.
City of York Council is co-ordinating support for residents and businesses who may be directly affected by the flooding and could be assessing damage to their homes and any repairs necessary.
Councillor Dafydd Williams, City of York Council’s cabinet member for Crime and Stronger Communities said: “Helping people to sort out any flood damage and resume their lives is our priority at the moment. Our teams are working to support local people as best they can and I’m pleased that other sources of assistance are available to eligible people.”
The support includes waste collections, and anyone whose home is directly affected by flooding and who has home and or contents insurance should seek advice and get permission from their insurers before removing any damaged items.
City of York Council will help residents dispose of flood-damaged waste and anyone needing help after their loss adjusters have visited should call 01904 551551.
North Yorkshire Police are advising motorists to exercise caution on the roads of North Yorkshire and the city of York due to the flooding and possible ice as temperatures fall in the days ahead.
Police are advising people to drive in accordance with the road conditions, plan journeys in advance and take notice of safety advice and warnings.
A comprehensive guide to safe winter driving is available on the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/winterdriving
The Environment Agency still has 47 Flood Warnings in place in the York area, but no new warnings since yesterday.
Next door to the Dungeon, staff at Fiesta Latino had been working around the clock to ensure the floods did not cost them another £40,000 refurbishment, with seven pumps running, clearing the lower floor every few minutes.
Joe Ferraioli, one of the owners, said their efforts meant the restaurant, which has been closed since Tuesday, should be open by Friday: “Last time, the water was waist height and we were all over the news. It’s a big property to keep dry, but we have managed it. We’ve been here in shifts since Tuesday morning.
“We’re dead on our feet, but we’ve got to be here, we can’t leave the property any longer than half an hour, otherwise the water rises up.”
The B1223 road from Kirkby Wharfe to Ulleskelf is completely closed due to flooding, as is the B1222 in Cawood.
Green councillor Andy D'Agorne has called for more action to enable the city to continue to function normally when the river is in flood, and suggested a resilience plan needs to be drawn up by local communities, learning from the experience of flooding and severe winter weather in recent years.
He said: "Clearing drains and requiring greater flood storage on new developments must be a priority for the council, but we also need to give more priority to sustainable travel - for example why is the Millennium Bridge cut off by floodwater when the bridge itself and the Fulford side is perfectly dry?
"The original design obviously didnt anticipate flood levels such as we have experienced this year when the bridge has been cut off twice, in September and again in November."
Councillor D'Agorne has been pressing for either a causeway across the lowest part or a temporary footbridge that can be installed as is done to access properties in Skeldergate.
North Yorkshire County Council has said that county bridge between Malton and Norton is currently closed due to flooding from the River Derwent.
A spokesman said: "It is still expected that river levels will continue to rise, although not by significant amounts, and therefore the bridge will remain closed.
"We are monitoring the situation and we are not concerned about the bridge withstanding the current and predicted water levels."
Helen Douglas, general manager of York Dungeon, said the water had flooded into the lower floors of the tourist attraction, which had already been pumped and dried out after September's heavy rain.
She said workmen had removed the lower boards from the new partition walls ahead of the flooding to prevent them being damaged, but the pumping and drying out process would all have to be done again.
Helen said: "The intention is still to open in Spring time 2013, as it was before.
"Three pumps are working all the time at the minute. I've been here from 5am every day this week."
York Dungeon has flooded again, although the damage is not as bad as in September. Neighbouring businesses have also flooded, says our reporter on the scene.
The lift and the basement venue at City Screen cinema in Coney Street, York, is now out of action due to the flooding.
A spokeswoman said the cinema and bar were still open for business, but visitors in wheelchairs would not be able to access the screen or the disabled toilet.
She said it was hoped the venue would be back up and running in full by Monday, but all basement performances before then had been cancelled.
The Environment Agency have issued flood warnings for the River Derwent at Thorganby and Bubwith, in the Selby district.
In York, Alison Sinclair, who lives in Norfolk Street, said the flood waters had left Rowntree Park underwater, although nearby properties were not in danger from the flooding.
She said: “No-one ever remembers that Rowntree Park gets flooded.
“A neighbour said it looked like they were living in Lakeside View. The park is shaped like a saucer, and the water is right up to the rim. Last time, it took three weeks to get back to normal, the water can’t run out, it has to be pumped out.”
Miles Simmons, husband of Hazel Simmons, landlady of The Wentworth Arms in Old Malton, said the pub was still open for business, but is marooned on an island in the middle of the floodwater, which has got into the cellar of the pub.
He said: “I was up all night mopping out the cellar making sure it didn’t get above a certain level and get into the bar. We had a local men’s club Christmas party booked for tonight but we’ve had to cancel. It’s not the fact that the pub isn’t open, it’s more the fact that residents can’t get in, and it’s our first Christmas.
“The lucky thing is that it’s clean water that’s coming in, and hopefully it’ll subside soon.”
He said that the pump outside the pub which is helping hold back the waters ran out of petrol and he had only just got it restarted.
In the Selby district, the Cawood bridge was again closed as a precaution, and Kelfield Ings had flooded, though not to the extent of September’s flooding.
Parish Councillor Chris Chittock said: “There’s no risk to the village at all, although the bridge is closed.
“Kelfield Ings are now well flooded, so the road will be closed for at least a few days, usually a minimum of about a week, until the water drains away.”
The 42 bus service, which serves residents of Kelfield and Stillingfleet and runs between York and Selby through Cawood, was unable to serve Naburn, affecting some students from Fulford School.
Bus routes in and around York:
Bus route diversions at present are as follows:
Route 1 – Not affected.
Route 2 (Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride) – Not affected.
Route 3 (Askham Bar Park & Ride) – Buses are currently running in to the city via Nunnery Lane and Bishopgate Street direct to Tower Street. All outbound stops are still being served.
Route 4 – Not affected.
Route 5 – Not affected.
Route 6 – Not affected.
Route 7 (Designer Outlet Park & Ride) – With A19 Selby Road closed, buses between the Designer Outlet and the city centre are operating via the A64 and A1036 Tadcaster Road. All usual city centre stops are being served. Please note though that these buses will not stop on Blossom Street or Tadcaster Road. In addition, First will be operating a shuttle service from the city centre as far as Broadway, then Heslington Lane, right onto A19 Main Street and back in to the city centre.
Route 8 (Grimston Bar Park & Ride) – Not affected.
Route 9 (Monks Cross Park & Ride) – Not directly affected but traffic management for the emergency repairs on A1036 Heworth Green may cause some delays at peak times.
Route 10 – Main Street, Nether Poppleton is closed so buses are running from Millfield Lane, via Ebor Way and Dikelands Lane back onto normal line of route at Main Street.
Route 11 – Not affected.
Route 12 – Not affected.
Route 13 – Not affected.
Route 14 – Not affected.
Route 15 – Not affected.
Route 16 – Not affected.
Routes 19B and 19L– Not affected.
Route 20 – Main Street, Nether Poppleton is closed so buses are running from Millfield Lane via Ebor Way, Allerton Drive and Riversvale Drive back on to normal line of route at Main Street and vice versa.
Route 21 and the tour buses (due to closure of Knavesmire Road). For route 21 there are two changes: the only part of Acaster Malbis that is currently being served is the Mount Pleasant caravan park; and, with the closure of part of Knavesmire Road, buses are coming in to the city centre on A1036 Tadcaster Road and are not serving the South Bank area and Bishopthorpe Road
Routes 24 and 26 – Fordlands Road is closed so buses are running from the city centre as far as A19 Main Street, left into Heslington Lane, Broadway, then right onto A19 Fulford Road back in to the city centre. City of York Council is providing a four-wheel drive vehicle to provide a direct connection to the Fordlands Road area.
Route 29 – Not affected.
Route 30 – Not affected.
Route 31 – Not affected.
Route 35 – A19 Selby Road is closed so buses are running in via the A64, A1079 Hull Road, Field Lane, Heslington Lane and on to normal line of route at A19 Main Street and vice versa.
Route 36 - A19 Selby Road is closed so buses are running in via the A64, A1079 Hull Road, Field Lane, Heslington Lane and on to normal line of route at A19 Main Street and vice versa.
Route 37 – Not affected.
Route 40 – Not affected.
Route 42 – B1222 Naburn Lane is closed so buses are only running on the southern section of the route.
Route 44 – Not affected.
Routes 142 and 143 – Not affected.
Route 181 – Not affected.
Route 415 - A19 Selby Road is closed so buses are running via the A64, A1079 Hull Road, Field Lane and Heslington Lane.
Routes 412 and 413 – Not affected.
Coastliner services from Leeds (routes X40, X43, X45, 743, 840, 843, 844 and 845) – Not affected.
Routes from East Yorkshire (routes X4, X46, X47, 195, 196, 744, 746 and 747) – Skeldergate is closed to traffic so some buses are taking a different route through the city centre but all usual stops are being served.
Martin Dales, town councillor and former mayor of Old Malton, said: “The firefighters' hard work and that of the Environment Agency and the other agencies is very much appreciated.
“They have done a fantastic job and they have been terrific in making sure that this doesn’t become a major crisis.”
But Coun Dales said: “I hope that Yorkshire Water revisit what we hoped they were going to do, post the 2000 flood, and we will have some serious action to make sure that the town gets new drains so that something like this doesn’t happen again.”
He said that the £9million spent on the flood defences in 2000 had been worthwhile but that the combined sewerage system is no longer fit for purpose.
City of York ward-by-ward break down of road/ closures:
Fulford Ward: A19 Fulford at Germany Beck and is likely to remain closed overnight
Fishergate Ward: St George’s Field Car Park
Micklegate Ward: Skeldergate, Terry Avenue, Knavesmire Rd, Esplanade Car Park
Wheldrake Ward: Naburn Lane, Howden Naburn
The B1228 road out of Elvington to Sutton on Derwent has been closed by East Yorkshire Council
Bishopthorpe Ward: Acaster Lane
Rural West York Ward: Main Street Nether Poppleton
The update below has just been issued by City of York Council:
"Current level of the River Ouse is 4.54m. The river peaked at 4.57m at 0400hrs today. All rivers in our catchment are past their peak and levels are slowly decreasing.
"After the 0900 Strategic Coordination Group meeting it was agreed that the York Silver Command would stand down from 1000hrs this morning. Agencies will remain on the front line to support residents and businesses and monitor river levels.
"All defences owned by City of York, Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water are still in place for these levels and will be maintained until such time as levels drop to a safe point."
Information on road closures to follow....
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A couple of pictures in York:
The Kings Arms this morning #yorkfloods @yorkpress @GavAitchison http://t.co/FMii5l25— @RobsonBen 28 November 2012
The Lowther this morning #yorkfloods @yorkpress @GavAitchison http://t.co/um7TFzXz— @RobsonBen 28 November 2012
Westgate resident Robin Shipley, 65, said he has lived in Old Malton and the surrounding area for about 50 years and was part of the civil engineering team who put the flood defences for the village in place in 2000.
He said: "We have had a lot of rain in our catchment area over the last few days and it annoys me that you pay rates, and with the technology that the Environment Agency have at their disposal, that they didn't prepare for this. If they had put these pumps in place two days ago, this could have been averted."
Claire and Guy Richardson, have lived at their property in the main street through Old Malton for seven years, and their home started to flood early yesterday morning.
Claire said: “Guy stayed up and watched the water rising all Monday night, but it wasn’t until the early hours of Tuesday that it started to come up into our house.
“The water is at skirting board height. We have got our stuff upstairs and living next door to the Royal Oak pub we have taken some empty barrels and put out sofa on top of those. The flood defences have held which makes a huge difference. The flooding has been caused because the drains can’t cope with the sheer amount of rainwater that’s been coming down.”
Claire, 38, who works for York Brewery, and Guy, 44, who manages The Moors Inn, in Appleton-le-Moors, are off work and said that both of their employers have been very understanding.
Main Street, Old Malton, is closed in both directions due to knee-deep flood water.
Flood defences on the River Derwent have held but flood water has backed up through the drains, flooding Main Street outside the Royal Oak pub.
About ten homes have been flooded. The fire brigade and the Environment Agency are on the scene.
Humberside fire brigade station manager, Dave Bristow, said that they have been here since 6am this morning, when they took over from North Yorkshire fire brigade and will be here until 5pm this afternoon when North Yorkshire come back on shift, manning pumps, pumping the water back into the River Derwent.
He said: "I think the weather report is for fairly dry weather now but speaking to the Environment Agency yesterday the river is going to be at peak flow for about two days because the river levels here are not due to go down."
He said that they were working with staff at the Wentworth Arms pub to make sure that a Christmas function planned for tonight goes ahead.
The fight to save properties in four different streets in Malton and Norton will last at least this morning and may continue throughout the day.
Fire crews worked through the night in Old Malton Road, Castlegate and Railway Street, Malton, and Church Street, Norton. The flow of water from the River Derwent was so great they were only able to stop the flood level rising.
They expect to be at work until midday at least and warn it may take the rest of the day.
@yorkpress ….and council teams are heroes, good humoured, working hard and reassuring to us residents. Respect.— @_devoid_ 28 November 2012
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@yorkpress river levels constant but ground water dropping slightly in Peckitt St, pumps doing their jobs well.— @_devoid_ 28 November 2012
Some more detail on Old Malton, where sewage had mixed with the flood-waters and was encroaching on homes. About 40 minutes ago, the Environment Agency said the Derwent at Howe Bridge was 4.96m above normal. It said the river would remain high but was not expected to rise. Pumps are in operation and surface-water levels are falling.
@yorkpress a picture of the bridge in Malton crossing the Derwent just before it was closed. http://t.co/AlqAPO1n— @allcarsonline 27 November 2012
@york_travel apparently A19 backed up all the way from York to Riccall— @melaniebbikes 28 November 2012
RT @SC3111_NYP: "@ArmyDHteam: @SC3111_NYP traffic to York from Selby cueing at #riccall already, moving slow" @yorkpress #YorkFloods— @melaniebbikes 28 November 2012
. @CityofYork @yorkpress @minsterfm Just been past and seen all the staff working so hard to stop the road and businesses flooding #teamwork— @Hayleyjgreen1 27 November 2012
About to set off to work? Many roads are flooded so take care, 2ft of water can move a car. Do not drive through flood water. #staysafe— @EnvAgencyYNE 27 November 2012
After last nights rain river levels on Old Malton remain high & we are continuing to pump surface water away from homes #floodaware— @EnvAgencyYNE 28 November 2012
See what the river near you is doing on our website: http://t.co/Sa4jBBhM #beprepared stay #floodaware— @EnvAgencyYNE 28 November 2012
Morning all. Rain overnight has kept river levels across #Yorkshire & #NorthEast high. 39 flood warnings still in place http://t.co/Y7qIEB5w— @EnvAgencyYNE 28 November 2012
This is from the comments section below. Keep sending us your feedback and thoughts as well as your pics and updates:
7:46am Wed 28 Nov 12
We should remember and praise highly the Council workers who have been working 24/7 to try to combat rising water levels ......WELL DONE
The Environment Agency said at 6.20am that the Ouse in York had peaked at about 4.5 metres above normal summer levels and would remain high well into Wednesday morning.
The warning for Alma Terrace, River Street and Peckitt Street remains in force.
A few updates on the river levels... The Environment Agency issued an updated flood warning at 2.03am today, for homes and businesses in Naburn and Acaster Malbis. The Ouse in York was then 4.52m above normal summer levels.
"@ArmyDHteam: @SC3111_NYP traffic to York from Selby cueing at #riccall already, moving slow" @yorkpress #YorkFloods— @SC3111_NYP 28 November 2012
Knavesmire Road is now also reported as closed between Mount Vale and Campleshon Road.
Road closures that will be affecting this morning's commute:
A19 - Main Street Fulford
B1222 - Cawood Bridge
B1228 - Sutton Upon Derwent near Sutton Bridge
Skeldergate closed at Terry Avenue junction
Knavesmire Road - Mount Vale and Campleshon Road
Malton - Town Street, A169 and County Bridge
B6274 - High Street Gilling West
A1 - Northbound at Catterick
A168 - Thirsk Road Northallerton
Council staff pumping water at Tower Street last night. Video: David Dunning.
Good morning - another day of flood disruption in York and across the region. Follow this story throughout today for the latest news on incidents and road closures.