Flash-flood victims left counting cost

Flash-flood victims left counting cost

Helpers rescue equipment from Richard James Handmade Kitchens during flooding at Flaxton

Firefighters at work in flood water in Yarburgh Way in Badger Hill

Firefighters pump water away from houses at Flaxton.

The car park at the David Lloyd Centre which was closed after water came through the roof

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

EIGHT homes in Badger Hill, York, were flooded yesterday evening after torrential rain completed a weekend of havoc across the region.

Firefighters pumped out gardens in Yarburgh Way and Crossways to reduce floodwater levels inside residents’ properties.

Jeffery Clarke, 86, said his kitchen had been flooded by about an inch of water and carpets in his hall and living room were also sodden.

Next door neighbours Pauline and Gerald Haskins said flood waters were on the brink of coming into their home. Mrs Haskins said: “The rain has been absolutely torrential. It was absolutely horrendous. I have never seen anything like it in my life.”

The nearby David Lloyd gym and health club was evacuated at 5.15pm and was then closed for the evening after the roof sprang a leak.

Flash flooding on Saturday caused up to £100,000 worth of damage at a kitchen manufacturing business in Flaxton near York.

Richard James Handmade Kitchens’ premises were swamped to a depth of almost two feet when a nearby beck overflowed its banks.

Proprietor Richard Patterson said about £100,000 worth of machinery was affected, although it was not yet clear how much could be salvaged, and fixtures and fittings in a kitchen showroom had also been wrecked.

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He said he was covered by insurance and pledged to get the business reopened as quickly as possible, saying: “You can’t let the customers down.”

He said he intended to use an additional workshop, which he had only recently acquired to use as storage space and was unaffected by flooding, to resume the manufacture of bespoke kitchen furniture within a week.

Flooding also blocked the main street running through the village, and five homes were inundated, although fire station officer David Watson said firefighters using pumps had helped prevent more properties from being affected. He said the sheer volume of rainfall had been too much for surface drains to cope with.

Resident Mark O’Brien told how he had driven back home to Flaxton through a huge hailstorm and been amazed by the ‘unbelievable’ noise from the hail.

“It was so loud in the car that we couldn’t talk to each other.”

He said the flood waters rose to within inches of the floorboards at his home in Main Street.

A rain gauge kept by residents John and Sarah Jackson indicated that more than two inches of rain

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10:00am Mon 11 Jun 12

pedalling paul says...

I'm amazed at the inconsiderate actions of some vehicle drivers, who plough through floodwater and create bow waves, which wash into adjacent properties and add to their owner's miseries.
I'm amazed at the inconsiderate actions of some vehicle drivers, who plough through floodwater and create bow waves, which wash into adjacent properties and add to their owner's miseries. pedalling paul
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10:27am Mon 11 Jun 12

Kevin Turvey says...

‘pedalling paul says... 10:00am Mon 11 Jun 12
I'm amazed at the inconsiderate actions of some vehicle drivers, who plough through floodwater and create bow waves, which wash into adjacent properties and add to their owner's miseries.’

It’s just when they see you Paul. Normal (if that’s possible) cyclist worth 20 points.
Piddling Paul 100 points!

I thought badger hill was called that for a reason? Obviously no hill there if it has flooded!
‘pedalling paul says... 10:00am Mon 11 Jun 12 I'm amazed at the inconsiderate actions of some vehicle drivers, who plough through floodwater and create bow waves, which wash into adjacent properties and add to their owner's miseries.’ It’s just when they see you Paul. Normal (if that’s possible) cyclist worth 20 points. Piddling Paul 100 points! I thought badger hill was called that for a reason? Obviously no hill there if it has flooded! Kevin Turvey
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11:00am Mon 11 Jun 12

MrsHoney says...

I think that people should be made to have a 'soakaway' if they plan on having their gardens paved. Alot of flooding is caused by water having nowhere to go as the drains can't cope with it all. It's not always the case but I'm sure it would help if water was able to soak into the ground more easily.
I think that people should be made to have a 'soakaway' if they plan on having their gardens paved. Alot of flooding is caused by water having nowhere to go as the drains can't cope with it all. It's not always the case but I'm sure it would help if water was able to soak into the ground more easily. MrsHoney
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11:36am Mon 11 Jun 12

roskoboskovic says...

it may make some difference if the council came and cleaned out the gullies.in our area the street floods in several places even after a minor spell of rain because the water can t drain away.
it may make some difference if the council came and cleaned out the gullies.in our area the street floods in several places even after a minor spell of rain because the water can t drain away. roskoboskovic
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11:38am Mon 11 Jun 12

Coffee pot says...

Kevin Turvey says...
10:27am Mon 11 Jun 12

‘"I thought badger hill was called that for a reason? Obviously no hill there if it has flooded!"

No 'obviously' about it. There is a difference between floods caused by rising water levels and flash floods (like last night's) caused by rain falling faster than it can drain away.
Kevin Turvey says... 10:27am Mon 11 Jun 12 ‘"I thought badger hill was called that for a reason? Obviously no hill there if it has flooded!" No 'obviously' about it. There is a difference between floods caused by rising water levels and flash floods (like last night's) caused by rain falling faster than it can drain away. Coffee pot
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12:56pm Mon 11 Jun 12

Yeahbutno says...

Amazing. Apparently the worst rain residents had ever seen in Badger Hill yesterday. Also torrential rain and hail causing floods in Flaxby on Saturday.

Meanwhile we had the BBQ out in our back garden. Not a drop of rain all weekend.
Amazing. Apparently the worst rain residents had ever seen in Badger Hill yesterday. Also torrential rain and hail causing floods in Flaxby on Saturday. Meanwhile we had the BBQ out in our back garden. Not a drop of rain all weekend. Yeahbutno
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1:18pm Mon 11 Jun 12

yourkidding says...

we were flooded .when we phoned fire fighter/s lady told us they do not pump out gardens .as it was coming up from the drains .into the garden then through the garage back and out the front ,but with the help from fantastic neighbours.job sorted..
we were flooded .when we phoned fire fighter/s lady told us they do not pump out gardens .as it was coming up from the drains .into the garden then through the garage back and out the front ,but with the help from fantastic neighbours.job sorted.. yourkidding
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1:23pm Mon 11 Jun 12

WendyD says...

No rain for us in Copmanthorpe either - very strange localised flooding by the looks of things.
No rain for us in Copmanthorpe either - very strange localised flooding by the looks of things. WendyD
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3:39pm Mon 11 Jun 12

Tim Cronin says...

No rain for me at the weekend, i was in Madrid. Poor people in these affected areas though, someone needs to get these drains cleaned out, and `pronto`.
No rain for me at the weekend, i was in Madrid. Poor people in these affected areas though, someone needs to get these drains cleaned out, and `pronto`. Tim Cronin
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5:04pm Mon 11 Jun 12

greenmonkey says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
it may make some difference if the council came and cleaned out the gullies.in our area the street floods in several places even after a minor spell of rain because the water can t drain away.
Yes -ring 01904 551551 to get them cleared. And dont wait until it floods to report them! If enough people report them they might actually realise that a regular annual clean is a better more efficient way of going on.
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: it may make some difference if the council came and cleaned out the gullies.in our area the street floods in several places even after a minor spell of rain because the water can t drain away.[/p][/quote]Yes -ring 01904 551551 to get them cleared. And dont wait until it floods to report them! If enough people report them they might actually realise that a regular annual clean is a better more efficient way of going on. greenmonkey
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5:23pm Mon 11 Jun 12

Yorkie-Clifton says...

pedalling paul wrote:
I'm amazed at the inconsiderate actions of some vehicle drivers, who plough through floodwater and create bow waves, which wash into adjacent properties and add to their owner's miseries.
Is this person real ?? He gets everywhere --- Who employs him ?? He seems to cause disharmony wherever he goes . If he was a real person he would have a proper life . What a joker .
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I'm amazed at the inconsiderate actions of some vehicle drivers, who plough through floodwater and create bow waves, which wash into adjacent properties and add to their owner's miseries.[/p][/quote]Is this person real ?? He gets everywhere --- Who employs him ?? He seems to cause disharmony wherever he goes . If he was a real person he would have a proper life . What a joker . Yorkie-Clifton
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6:47pm Mon 11 Jun 12

Caecilius says...

Kevin Turvey wrote:
‘pedalling paul says... 10:00am Mon 11 Jun 12 I'm amazed at the inconsiderate actions of some vehicle drivers, who plough through floodwater and create bow waves, which wash into adjacent properties and add to their owner's miseries.’ It’s just when they see you Paul. Normal (if that’s possible) cyclist worth 20 points. Piddling Paul 100 points! I thought badger hill was called that for a reason? Obviously no hill there if it has flooded!
A chap (not Pedalling Paul) on the local news has just made the very same point. A significant part of the damage was caused by idiot motorists who ignored residents attempting to protect their property and insisted on wallowing through the floodwater. Motorists who don't give a toss for anyone but themselves and don't care about the consequences as long as they save themselves a couple of minutes - how very unusual, not.

Speaking of idiots, were you there yourself?
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Turvey[/bold] wrote: ‘pedalling paul says... 10:00am Mon 11 Jun 12 I'm amazed at the inconsiderate actions of some vehicle drivers, who plough through floodwater and create bow waves, which wash into adjacent properties and add to their owner's miseries.’ It’s just when they see you Paul. Normal (if that’s possible) cyclist worth 20 points. Piddling Paul 100 points! I thought badger hill was called that for a reason? Obviously no hill there if it has flooded![/p][/quote]A chap (not Pedalling Paul) on the local news has just made the very same point. A significant part of the damage was caused by idiot motorists who ignored residents attempting to protect their property and insisted on wallowing through the floodwater. Motorists who don't give a toss for anyone but themselves and don't care about the consequences as long as they save themselves a couple of minutes - how very unusual, not. Speaking of idiots, were you there yourself? Caecilius
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1:47am Tue 12 Jun 12

Magicman! says...

^ have to agree with that. I think this has just been a case of an "oh PP is a cyclist and we don't like their type here in York, let's get him" mindset. It's a bit sad really when somebody makes a very valid point but a persons prejudice blinds him to the valid point being made. On the sliding scale, it's at the seemingly inoffensive start of the scale that descends into Racism.

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It would seem that flooding is now a part of every British Summer. Has been for at least 4 years if not more. Considering the weather is affected by the Jet Stream, and the Jet Stream runs from west to east - my theory is that something to the west is causing distortions to the Jet Stream that only occur once the weather warms up, so therefore must be an artificial catalyst... trace back across my globe in a westward direction... oh look, the USA. Just a thought that perhaps once they get good weather they're firing things up that are cocking it up for the whole of northern europe. Maybe we should fine them (as they seem so keen on this whole "mans activities affects the weather" malarky) and that would give us enough money to sort out our economies!!!
^ have to agree with that. I think this has just been a case of an "oh PP is a cyclist and we don't like their type here in York, let's get him" mindset. It's a bit sad really when somebody makes a very valid point but a persons prejudice blinds him to the valid point being made. On the sliding scale, it's at the seemingly inoffensive start of the scale that descends into Racism. -- It would seem that flooding is now a part of every British Summer. Has been for at least 4 years if not more. Considering the weather is affected by the Jet Stream, and the Jet Stream runs from west to east - my theory is that something to the west is causing distortions to the Jet Stream that only occur once the weather warms up, so therefore must be an artificial catalyst... trace back across my globe in a westward direction... oh look, the USA. Just a thought that perhaps once they get good weather they're firing things up that are cocking it up for the whole of northern europe. Maybe we should fine them (as they seem so keen on this whole "mans activities affects the weather" malarky) and that would give us enough money to sort out our economies!!! Magicman!
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