25,000 homes in York and Selby at risk of flooding, say environmentalists

York Press: The River Ouse in flood The River Ouse in flood

MORE than 25,000 homes in York and Selby are at risk of flooding, an environmental group has claimed.

Friends of the Earth said Environment Agency information had shown 2,106 of the 11,699 York homes which are seen as being at threat of future flooding were facing a “significant risk”, with 438 of the 13,710 flood-risk properties in Selby being in the same category.

The organisation fears flooding will become more widespread due to climate change.

Yorkshire campaigner Simon Bowens said: “As a country, we must do much more to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and without proper investment in flood defences, hundreds of thousands more homes could be at risk.”

Local MPs have been asked to support calls for flood defences in line with risks posed by climate change.

York Central MP Hugh Bayley said the threat in York was increasing as rainfall patterns became more unpredictable.

He said: “Everybody in the Ouse and Foss catchment should contribute to reducing the risks, which means planting more trees and creating ponds and lakes upstream to slow the run-off, as well as improving flood defences in the valleys.”

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8:14am Thu 27 Feb 14

Woody G Mellor says...

Don't worry. Just tell our Prime Minister and he'll be on the case double quick with the money at the ready.

Oh, just a minute. Forget that. We don't live in the south of England so that's us ruled out.
Don't worry. Just tell our Prime Minister and he'll be on the case double quick with the money at the ready. Oh, just a minute. Forget that. We don't live in the south of England so that's us ruled out. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -48

8:17am Thu 27 Feb 14

chelk says...

Here we go Climate Change again nothing to do with Building on Flood Plains
Here we go Climate Change again nothing to do with Building on Flood Plains chelk
  • Score: -38

8:38am Thu 27 Feb 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Don't listen to friends of earth.... they beleive its all down to global warming and climate change. In reality the whole country has had the worst rainfall since the 1700's.... This is a freak occurance.

You can prepare all you want with flood defences but every couple of hundred years you will get something you don't expect. Its mother nature. you can not prepare for the unknown.

As Chelk states above flood plains are the issue. They are cheap to buy etc and in the past the correct preventions havent been put in when constructing them. Personally i think york has dealt pretty well so far? the river has been controlled etc.
Don't listen to friends of earth.... they beleive its all down to global warming and climate change. In reality the whole country has had the worst rainfall since the 1700's.... This is a freak occurance. You can prepare all you want with flood defences but every couple of hundred years you will get something you don't expect. Its mother nature. you can not prepare for the unknown. As Chelk states above flood plains are the issue. They are cheap to buy etc and in the past the correct preventions havent been put in when constructing them. Personally i think york has dealt pretty well so far? the river has been controlled etc. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -17

8:50am Thu 27 Feb 14

smudge2 says...

By August there will probably be a hosepipe ban and drought conditions and they will blame that on global warming as well.the subject of weather has become obsessive and repetitive .(remember the Icelandic volcano that was going to shut air travel down for months ??)...Which ever country you live in you are going to occasionally get freak weather conditions at some time in your life....It's nature and has been going on for millions of years before friends of the earth was even thought about.
By August there will probably be a hosepipe ban and drought conditions and they will blame that on global warming as well.the subject of weather has become obsessive and repetitive .(remember the Icelandic volcano that was going to shut air travel down for months ??)...Which ever country you live in you are going to occasionally get freak weather conditions at some time in your life....It's nature and has been going on for millions of years before friends of the earth was even thought about. smudge2
  • Score: -17

10:24am Thu 27 Feb 14

think! says...

Worrying news but not totally unexpected for residents in Fulford. Fulford village experienced serious flooding in 2000 and 2012. Hugh Bailey states that “verybody in the Ouse and Foss catchment should contribute to reducing the risks” but as MP for York Central it is odd that he does not mention that local authorities must stop building in floodplains. Local communities at risk of flooding should make a stand against York Council’s approval of housing developments in the floodplain such as at Germany Beck. It is not too late to stop this development. Please check out facebook.com/helpsav
efulford or twitter @helpsavefulford. To support Fulford Parish Council’s legal battle see fulfordparishcouncil
.org.uk.
Worrying news but not totally unexpected for residents in Fulford. Fulford village experienced serious flooding in 2000 and 2012. Hugh Bailey states that “[e]verybody in the Ouse and Foss catchment should contribute to reducing the risks” but as MP for York Central it is odd that he does not mention that local authorities must stop building in floodplains. Local communities at risk of flooding should make a stand against York Council’s approval of housing developments in the floodplain such as at Germany Beck. It is not too late to stop this development. Please check out facebook.com/helpsav efulford or twitter @helpsavefulford. To support Fulford Parish Council’s legal battle see fulfordparishcouncil .org.uk. think!
  • Score: -14

11:16am Thu 27 Feb 14

Knavesmire view says...

That number is only going to increase once they build on Germany Beck and other green belt areas!
That number is only going to increase once they build on Germany Beck and other green belt areas! Knavesmire view
  • Score: -9

10:16pm Thu 27 Feb 14

gwen4me says...

My hackles go up every time these environmentalists start mouthing off. It was the green brigade whose influence permeated the Environment agency and removed any possibility of sensible flood planning and water planning on the Somerset levels.
My hackles go up every time these environmentalists start mouthing off. It was the green brigade whose influence permeated the Environment agency and removed any possibility of sensible flood planning and water planning on the Somerset levels. gwen4me
  • Score: -18

11:25pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Black Fox says...

Look on the bright side, City of York Council wouldn't be stupid enough to approve a planning application to build on a flood plain.

Oh hang on, DOH!
Look on the bright side, City of York Council wouldn't be stupid enough to approve a planning application to build on a flood plain. Oh hang on, DOH! Black Fox
  • Score: -5

4:34am Fri 28 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

Archiebold the 1st wrote:
Don't listen to friends of earth.... they beleive its all down to global warming and climate change. In reality the whole country has had the worst rainfall since the 1700's.... This is a freak occurance.

You can prepare all you want with flood defences but every couple of hundred years you will get something you don't expect. Its mother nature. you can not prepare for the unknown.

As Chelk states above flood plains are the issue. They are cheap to buy etc and in the past the correct preventions havent been put in when constructing them. Personally i think york has dealt pretty well so far? the river has been controlled etc.
Exactly... with weather it is just like rolling several dice at once; the outcome is entirely random and isn't really influenced or controlled.
[quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: Don't listen to friends of earth.... they beleive its all down to global warming and climate change. In reality the whole country has had the worst rainfall since the 1700's.... This is a freak occurance. You can prepare all you want with flood defences but every couple of hundred years you will get something you don't expect. Its mother nature. you can not prepare for the unknown. As Chelk states above flood plains are the issue. They are cheap to buy etc and in the past the correct preventions havent been put in when constructing them. Personally i think york has dealt pretty well so far? the river has been controlled etc.[/p][/quote]Exactly... with weather it is just like rolling several dice at once; the outcome is entirely random and isn't really influenced or controlled. Magicman!
  • Score: -5

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