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YORK FLOODS: Flotilla and Dragon Boats cancelled as downpours bring chaos
10:39am Friday 6th July 2012 in News
2pm The Sledmere Charity car boot this Sunday has been cancelled because the pitch is water logged. It will be re-scheduled for later in the year.
1.30pm - City of York Council has confirmed its regular maintenance programme for gulleys and culverts is continuing as normal today, and staff have been put on alert to deal with any areas where surface water becomes a problem as a priority.
Anybody wanting to report a problem should phone the council on 01904 551551.
1.20pm - Firefighters have taken more than 50 flood-related calls from residents in East Yorkshire, with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service saying it was receiving an average of ten calls an hour.
They are mainly from Goole and the surrounding areas, with Howden School and Airmyn Primary School, in Goole, among those affected by the bad weather.
1.15pm - Yorkshire Water says it is carrying out a "massive operation" to help people who have been hit by flooding.
The company expects up to 50mm of rain in some parts of the county today and says it has checked its 700 waste water facilities to make sure they can cope with the downpours, put extra staff in its contact centre and "on the ground", delivered hundreds of sandbags to the worst-affected areas and checked sewers are not blocked. The firm called at 140 properties yesterday to help clean up after flooding.
More information about flood prevention and safety can be found at www.yorkshirewater.com or by phoning 0845 1242424.
12.15pm - MOR Music spokesman said the 800 minutes of live music from bands in Parliament Street would still take place tomorrow, despite the rain.
11.30am - There has been an accident at the junction of the A19 and A63 near Selby. http://bit.ly/PjmqZ7
11.20am - The A166 at Stamford Bridge is just passable we are told. The weather is also causing Delays at the A19/A64 junction near the Designer Outlet.
10.45am - Heavy rain has forced the cancellation of tomorrow's York 800 flotilla and Sunday's Dragon Boat races on the River Ouse.
Sally Burns, City of York Council's director of communities and neighbourhoods, said it was due to forecasts of prolonged heavy rain today and expected high river levels.
She said the flotilla event may be rescheduled for a weekend in August.
She said: “There are still plenty of events happening over this historical weekend for York and we would encourage anyone who wishes to join in the celebrations and find out more about these events to visit www.York800.com"
10.30am - There are widespread reports of disruption caused by heavy rain, flooding and standing water in and around York today, including on Ouse Bridge, Fishergate, the A166 at Stamford Bridge. Follow this story for more throughout the day.