YORK FLOODS: Flotilla and Dragon Boats cancelled as downpours bring chaos

York Press: Tricky driving conditions on Water Lane. Tricky driving conditions on Water Lane.

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.

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10:46am Fri 6 Jul 12

Torycouncil2015 says...

what other events are there?
what other events are there? Torycouncil2015

10:54am Fri 6 Jul 12

AMAJET says...

There's syncronised swimming in Coney st, raft race down High Ousegate and lifeboat demonstartions St helens square.
There's syncronised swimming in Coney st, raft race down High Ousegate and lifeboat demonstartions St helens square. AMAJET

11:13am Fri 6 Jul 12

Mentos says...

Aren't boats supposed to.... never mind
Aren't boats supposed to.... never mind Mentos

11:24am Fri 6 Jul 12

Lolita says...

Mentos wrote:
Aren't boats supposed to.... never mind
very good - like it!
[quote][p][bold]Mentos[/bold] wrote: Aren't boats supposed to.... never mind[/p][/quote]very good - like it! Lolita

11:39am Fri 6 Jul 12

justfortherecord says...

Haha love it Amajet!
Haha love it Amajet! justfortherecord

11:46am Fri 6 Jul 12

BioLogic says...

Mentos wrote:
Aren't boats supposed to.... never mind
You'd think wouldn't you......
[quote][p][bold]Mentos[/bold] wrote: Aren't boats supposed to.... never mind[/p][/quote]You'd think wouldn't you...... BioLogic

12:05pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Whis1962 says...

She said the flotilla event may be rescheduled for a weekend in August.


Arn't we due snow in August!
She said the flotilla event may be rescheduled for a weekend in August. Arn't we due snow in August! Whis1962

12:34pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Torycouncil2015 says...

why exactly does this warrant a minute by minute blog? They cant update the letters page but they can sit and type its still raining every 2 mins?
why exactly does this warrant a minute by minute blog? They cant update the letters page but they can sit and type its still raining every 2 mins? Torycouncil2015

12:46pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Yeahbutno says...

BioLogic wrote:
Mentos wrote: Aren't boats supposed to.... never mind
You'd think wouldn't you......
Presumably the fact that the river is flowing at 3 or 4 times its normal speed makes it dangerous. For the Dragon boat race, the teams won't be able to get in & out of boats as the landing stage will be underwater.
[quote][p][bold]BioLogic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mentos[/bold] wrote: Aren't boats supposed to.... never mind[/p][/quote]You'd think wouldn't you......[/p][/quote]Presumably the fact that the river is flowing at 3 or 4 times its normal speed makes it dangerous. For the Dragon boat race, the teams won't be able to get in & out of boats as the landing stage will be underwater. Yeahbutno

12:52pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Yorkie-Clifton says...

Torycouncil2015 wrote:
what other events are there?
The odd cyclist on Clifton Green - Water End . Not on cycle track but on pavement .
[quote][p][bold]Torycouncil2015[/bold] wrote: what other events are there?[/p][/quote]The odd cyclist on Clifton Green - Water End . Not on cycle track but on pavement . Yorkie-Clifton

12:53pm Fri 6 Jul 12

welf_man says...

Torycouncil2015 wrote:
why exactly does this warrant a minute by minute blog? They cant update the letters page but they can sit and type its still raining every 2 mins?
Presumably because people might be travelling some distance to attend specific parts of the event.

Sadly a memorial paddle for a kayaker who died at New Year (and another more recent loss) may also be affected - flooded rivers are dangerous to paddle because you can't see the natural margins and hazards and currents become unpredictable.

R.I.P. Kate and Jason.
[quote][p][bold]Torycouncil2015[/bold] wrote: why exactly does this warrant a minute by minute blog? They cant update the letters page but they can sit and type its still raining every 2 mins?[/p][/quote]Presumably because people might be travelling some distance to attend specific parts of the event. Sadly a memorial paddle for a kayaker who died at New Year (and another more recent loss) may also be affected - flooded rivers are dangerous to paddle because you can't see the natural margins and hazards and currents become unpredictable. R.I.P. Kate and Jason. welf_man

1:10pm Fri 6 Jul 12

YSTClinguist says...

There is a floating platform tied up near Scarborough Bridge, city side. Is someone going to retrieve it before the river gets any higher/faster in case it breaks free and causes damage to something downstream?

Additionally, it's tied in place with a blue rope and left unmonitored. If you really think some idiot is not going to set it loose.............
There is a floating platform tied up near Scarborough Bridge, city side. Is someone going to retrieve it before the river gets any higher/faster in case it breaks free and causes damage to something downstream? Additionally, it's tied in place with a blue rope and left unmonitored. If you really think some idiot is not going to set it loose............. YSTClinguist

1:22pm Fri 6 Jul 12

marvell says...

Might be good if they updated the website to reflect the cancellations...
Might be good if they updated the website to reflect the cancellations... marvell

1:26pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Yorkie1976 says...

Dissapointing to say the least! To get in one of the world's largest flat water racing canoes you have to sign a waver saying 'we take part entirely at our own risk'.
If I want to get in a boat and the river is a bit high this should be my decision not the pencil pushers........
The Rotary of York put a massive amount of hard work into organinsing this event and raising money for wothwhile causes. Let's Get Racing!
Dissapointing to say the least! To get in one of the world's largest flat water racing canoes you have to sign a waver saying 'we take part entirely at our own risk'. If I want to get in a boat and the river is a bit high this should be my decision not the pencil pushers........ The Rotary of York put a massive amount of hard work into organinsing this event and raising money for wothwhile causes. Let's Get Racing! Yorkie1976

2:19pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Tom6187 says...

Aww it's always nice to see a posing willy extender car stuck isn't it, it's probably karma for not bothering to indicate at roundabouts.
Aww it's always nice to see a posing willy extender car stuck isn't it, it's probably karma for not bothering to indicate at roundabouts. Tom6187

2:48pm Fri 6 Jul 12

again says...

Torycouncil2015 wrote:
why exactly does this warrant a minute by minute blog? They cant update the letters page but they can sit and type its still raining every 2 mins?
I don't care about the letters page but I do want to keep track of flood problems. One of us has their priorities wrong!
[quote][p][bold]Torycouncil2015[/bold] wrote: why exactly does this warrant a minute by minute blog? They cant update the letters page but they can sit and type its still raining every 2 mins?[/p][/quote]I don't care about the letters page but I do want to keep track of flood problems. One of us has their priorities wrong! again

2:55pm Fri 6 Jul 12

TheTruthHurts says...

Yorkie1976 wrote:
Dissapointing to say the least! To get in one of the world's largest flat water racing canoes you have to sign a waver saying 'we take part entirely at our own risk'.
If I want to get in a boat and the river is a bit high this should be my decision not the pencil pushers........
The Rotary of York put a massive amount of hard work into organinsing this event and raising money for wothwhile causes. Let's Get Racing!
Hmmm when you see the river in the morning after todays deluge there wont be many people want to sign that waiver!
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie1976[/bold] wrote: Dissapointing to say the least! To get in one of the world's largest flat water racing canoes you have to sign a waver saying 'we take part entirely at our own risk'. If I want to get in a boat and the river is a bit high this should be my decision not the pencil pushers........ The Rotary of York put a massive amount of hard work into organinsing this event and raising money for wothwhile causes. Let's Get Racing![/p][/quote]Hmmm when you see the river in the morning after todays deluge there wont be many people want to sign that waiver! TheTruthHurts

3:04pm Fri 6 Jul 12

chickpea says...

I've just been for a swim round my allotment :(
I've just been for a swim round my allotment :( chickpea

3:21pm Fri 6 Jul 12

NoMorePlease says...

Yeahbutno wrote:
BioLogic wrote:
Mentos wrote: Aren't boats supposed to.... never mind
You'd think wouldn't you......
Presumably the fact that the river is flowing at 3 or 4 times its normal speed makes it dangerous. For the Dragon boat race, the teams won't be able to get in & out of boats as the landing stage will be underwater.
Are you being serious as a response?
[quote][p][bold]Yeahbutno[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BioLogic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mentos[/bold] wrote: Aren't boats supposed to.... never mind[/p][/quote]You'd think wouldn't you......[/p][/quote]Presumably the fact that the river is flowing at 3 or 4 times its normal speed makes it dangerous. For the Dragon boat race, the teams won't be able to get in & out of boats as the landing stage will be underwater.[/p][/quote]Are you being serious as a response? NoMorePlease

3:41pm Fri 6 Jul 12

MOR Music says...

We're still on!

York 800 MOR Music Festival - 800 mins of live music in aid of Help For Heroes in Parliament Street, the Lord Mayor is opening the festival at 10.15. Fantastic bands incl Huge, Aynt Skynyrd, Littlemores (& many more), licensed bar, hog roast, etc.

Shameless plug over! ;-)
We're still on! York 800 MOR Music Festival - 800 mins of live music in aid of Help For Heroes in Parliament Street, the Lord Mayor is opening the festival at 10.15. Fantastic bands incl Huge, Aynt Skynyrd, Littlemores (& many more), licensed bar, hog roast, etc. Shameless plug over! ;-) MOR Music

4:21pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Firedrake says...

Disappointing, certainly, but probably wise. Boats approaching York from either below Naburn Lock or above Linton Lock (as in my case) may well find the locks inoperable. A few weeks ago the gates at Linton were almost completely submerged and may well be again by tomorrow!
Disappointing, certainly, but probably wise. Boats approaching York from either below Naburn Lock or above Linton Lock (as in my case) may well find the locks inoperable. A few weeks ago the gates at Linton were almost completely submerged and may well be again by tomorrow! Firedrake

7:06pm Fri 6 Jul 12

matroom says...

Tom6187 wrote:
Aww it's always nice to see a posing willy extender car stuck isn't it, it's probably karma for not bothering to indicate at roundabouts.
what a cretin you are !!!
[quote][p][bold]Tom6187[/bold] wrote: Aww it's always nice to see a posing willy extender car stuck isn't it, it's probably karma for not bothering to indicate at roundabouts.[/p][/quote]what a cretin you are !!! matroom

7:19pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Yorkborneinbse says...

Yorkie1976 wrote:
Dissapointing to say the least! To get in one of the world's largest flat water racing canoes you have to sign a waver saying 'we take part entirely at our own risk'. If I want to get in a boat and the river is a bit high this should be my decision not the pencil pushers........ The Rotary of York put a massive amount of hard work into organinsing this event and raising money for wothwhile causes. Let's Get Racing!
There's no waver though for the lads and lasses in the NYFR service that you would no doubt be calling on when your dragon boat capsizes tipping you and your Rotary Club friends out. Admire the cause, admire your efforts.
Get to B&Q, beg some buckets, and go and shake them shamelessly around the music
event and beyond. It will be safer for all concerned.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie1976[/bold] wrote: Dissapointing to say the least! To get in one of the world's largest flat water racing canoes you have to sign a waver saying 'we take part entirely at our own risk'. If I want to get in a boat and the river is a bit high this should be my decision not the pencil pushers........ The Rotary of York put a massive amount of hard work into organinsing this event and raising money for wothwhile causes. Let's Get Racing![/p][/quote]There's no waver though for the lads and lasses in the NYFR service that you would no doubt be calling on when your dragon boat capsizes tipping you and your Rotary Club friends out. Admire the cause, admire your efforts. Get to B&Q, beg some buckets, and go and shake them shamelessly around the music event and beyond. It will be safer for all concerned. Yorkborneinbse

8:26pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Sawday2 says...

"Tricky driving conditions on Water Lane." says the photo caption. That's not tricky driving - that's prattish driving - far too fast!!
"Tricky driving conditions on Water Lane." says the photo caption. That's not tricky driving - that's prattish driving - far too fast!! Sawday2

9:59pm Fri 6 Jul 12

pedalling paul says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
i heard that Puddling Prat was giving a pedalo pedalling demonstration in Parliament Street this morning.
Hardly likely..I'm not in the country at present. But sad news...I've got a return ticket!!!!
And I can't agree more about the Water End driver in the photo. Some householders may manage to stave off water incursion until some four wheeled idiot creates a bow wave.
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: i heard that Puddling Prat was giving a pedalo pedalling demonstration in Parliament Street this morning.[/p][/quote]Hardly likely..I'm not in the country at present. But sad news...I've got a return ticket!!!! And I can't agree more about the Water End driver in the photo. Some householders may manage to stave off water incursion until some four wheeled idiot creates a bow wave. pedalling paul

11:22pm Fri 6 Jul 12

piaggio1 says...

well i hope you dint fly,( think of the pollution),yer so keen to ram it down our throats here in york
well i hope you dint fly,( think of the pollution),yer so keen to ram it down our throats here in york piaggio1

1:38am Sat 7 Jul 12

AnotherPointofView says...

pedalling paul wrote:
roskoboskovic wrote:
i heard that Puddling Prat was giving a pedalo pedalling demonstration in Parliament Street this morning.
Hardly likely..I'm not in the country at present. But sad news...I've got a return ticket!!!!
And I can't agree more about the Water End driver in the photo. Some householders may manage to stave off water incursion until some four wheeled idiot creates a bow wave.
If you're on holiday PP what on earth are you doing reading The Press?

Also, if you are having a rest from York, how do we get a rest from you?!!!

I'll get Mrs PP to take your computer away.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: i heard that Puddling Prat was giving a pedalo pedalling demonstration in Parliament Street this morning.[/p][/quote]Hardly likely..I'm not in the country at present. But sad news...I've got a return ticket!!!! And I can't agree more about the Water End driver in the photo. Some householders may manage to stave off water incursion until some four wheeled idiot creates a bow wave.[/p][/quote]If you're on holiday PP what on earth are you doing reading The Press? Also, if you are having a rest from York, how do we get a rest from you?!!! I'll get Mrs PP to take your computer away. AnotherPointofView

7:15am Sat 7 Jul 12

pedalling paul says...

AnotherPointofView wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
roskoboskovic wrote: i heard that Puddling Prat was giving a pedalo pedalling demonstration in Parliament Street this morning.
Hardly likely..I'm not in the country at present. But sad news...I've got a return ticket!!!! And I can't agree more about the Water End driver in the photo. Some householders may manage to stave off water incursion until some four wheeled idiot creates a bow wave.
If you're on holiday PP what on earth are you doing reading The Press? Also, if you are having a rest from York, how do we get a rest from you?!!! I'll get Mrs PP to take your computer away.
You rotten swine.........
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPointofView[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: i heard that Puddling Prat was giving a pedalo pedalling demonstration in Parliament Street this morning.[/p][/quote]Hardly likely..I'm not in the country at present. But sad news...I've got a return ticket!!!! And I can't agree more about the Water End driver in the photo. Some householders may manage to stave off water incursion until some four wheeled idiot creates a bow wave.[/p][/quote]If you're on holiday PP what on earth are you doing reading The Press? Also, if you are having a rest from York, how do we get a rest from you?!!! I'll get Mrs PP to take your computer away.[/p][/quote]You rotten swine......... pedalling paul

4:40pm Sat 7 Jul 12

the butler says...

Is this water becoming too much of a problem with overloaded drain systems?
Remeber summer begins in August, or is it mid July?
Is this water becoming too much of a problem with overloaded drain systems? Remeber summer begins in August, or is it mid July? the butler

6:39pm Sat 7 Jul 12

deckhanddave says...

They were right to cancell the rowing, where you going to stand and watch it from anyway? They could have transfered it to Water Lane maybe. As an alternative how about syncronised puddle jumping? Lastly, do you not think some of you should get lives? Such petty ****!
They were right to cancell the rowing, where you going to stand and watch it from anyway? They could have transfered it to Water Lane maybe. As an alternative how about syncronised puddle jumping? Lastly, do you not think some of you should get lives? Such petty ****! deckhanddave

3:51am Sat 14 Jul 12

Magicman! says...

Yorkie-Clifton wrote:
Torycouncil2015 wrote:
what other events are there?
The odd cyclist on Clifton Green - Water End . Not on cycle track but on pavement .
That IS the cycle track - if heading towards the A19.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie-Clifton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torycouncil2015[/bold] wrote: what other events are there?[/p][/quote]The odd cyclist on Clifton Green - Water End . Not on cycle track but on pavement .[/p][/quote]That IS the cycle track - if heading towards the A19. Magicman!

2:29pm Sat 14 Jul 12

Yorkie-Clifton says...

Magicman! wrote:
Yorkie-Clifton wrote:
Torycouncil2015 wrote:
what other events are there?
The odd cyclist on Clifton Green - Water End . Not on cycle track but on pavement .
That IS the cycle track - if heading towards the A19.
No --- Going towards the A19 . There is at the moment a single carriage way a cycle track and a pavement . The cycle track recently installed and reduced the dual carriage to single . Magicman No wonder people like you are ignoring the new cycle track , you are blind . I despair at the lack of intelligence of some cyclists . There is also a single carriageway returning from the A19 . which then runs into a cycle track and a pavement . THIS PAVEMENT IS USED AS A FREE FOR ALL . Now you notice .
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkie-Clifton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torycouncil2015[/bold] wrote: what other events are there?[/p][/quote]The odd cyclist on Clifton Green - Water End . Not on cycle track but on pavement .[/p][/quote]That IS the cycle track - if heading towards the A19.[/p][/quote]No --- Going towards the A19 . There is at the moment a single carriage way a cycle track and a pavement . The cycle track recently installed and reduced the dual carriage to single . Magicman No wonder people like you are ignoring the new cycle track , you are blind . I despair at the lack of intelligence of some cyclists . There is also a single carriageway returning from the A19 . which then runs into a cycle track and a pavement . THIS PAVEMENT IS USED AS A FREE FOR ALL . Now you notice . Yorkie-Clifton

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