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Live flooding coverage - Day 1
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- Bridge inspection work in Tadcaster
- Barge sinks in York
- Fire service receive 260+ call-outs over the past 24 hours
- A1 closed
- Warnings for motorists
- Widespread rail delays
- ... and 2 donkeys rescued
Flooding updates for Wednesday will continue in our second day coverage>>
The River Ouse in York is set to peak at 4.5m above normal river levels this afternoon.
In York the Environment Agency is warning that isolated properties on Huntington Road, Haley's Terrace, Yearsley Cres, The Groves, Foss Bank and properties surrounding Wormalds Cut and Foss
Navigation could be at risk of flooding.
IN North Yorkshire the bridge in Tadcaster over the River Wharfe was closed to traffic last night as engineers made checks and the bridge over the River Ure in the centre of Boroughbridge was also shut. The Tadcaster bridge has also been closed to pedestrians.
ABOUT 2,000 properties in York are on flood alert this morning.
The Environment Agency said stretches of the River Ouse at York and Selby are particularly vulnerable as the huge amount of rain that has fallen over the Yorkshire Dales in the last two days works its way through the system.
Flood warnings around York include Fulford, Naburn, Acaster Malbis, Skeldergate, St George's Field & Huntington Rd http://t.co/XwIvi574— @yorkpress 26 September 2012
Over night we've been working in Tadcaster North #Yorkshire assisting @NorthYorksFire with pumping http://t.co/gJSf9BsG #floodaware #uk— @EnvAgencyYNE 26 September 2012
Travel: A1 shut between J49-60. Bridge Street shut in Tadcaster. Flooding on A59 at Kirkhamerton. http://t.co/jnYXQapj— @yorkpress 26 September 2012
The Environment Agency says its flood risk level for North Yorkshire and York tonight is "medium", meaning flooding is expected, but should drop to "low" on Wednesday as the rain is forecast to move away.
The "low" level means flooding is possible and the public should stay alert and keep checking the weather forecast and flood warnings, as well as taking precautions while travelling and planning journeys to take possible delays into account.
However, the agency says there is also a "residual flood risk" throughout Wednesday along the River Ouse, as it takes longer to respond to rainfall with water flowing into the river from higher ground. It will be updating the UK's flood status on Wednesday morning.
See The Press on Wednesday for a full report and pictures from today's flooding incidents, and keep checking thepress.co.uk throughout the day, as well as following @yorkpress on twitter, for the latest information on floods in York and North and East Yorkshire.
There are currently four flood warnings in place on the River Ouse, covering the area around St George's Field, riverside properties on Kings Staith, Queens Staith, South Esplanade and New Walk, and at Linton Lock and Naburn Lock.
A warning was also put in place at 5pm today for the River Derwent at Buttercrambe Mill, while an Ouse flood alert is covering riverside footpaths and low-lying land in York and another is covering farmland next to the river in the Selby, Cawood, Kelfield and Wistow areas.
The Environment Agency has issued warnings for the River Ure at Milby Island and at Roecliffe Caravan Park, and the River Nidd at Hunsingore and Cattal.
Fire crews in North Yorkshire say they had received more than 270 calls in the 24 hours leading up to 2.30pm today as heavy rain swept across the region and caused severe flooding problems.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service called in help from neighbouring services, including Cleveland, Lancashire and Cumbria, and has said that, for several hours, it was dealing with more than 50 incidents and had 73 more waiting for crews to be assigned to them.
Firefighters have been forced to work some way from their usual patch as many of the incidents were in the northern part of the region, with crews from Selby attending incidents in Richmond. One Reeth crew which was called out at 7.30pm on Monday did not come off duty until 1.30pm today due to their workload.
Command centres were set up in Richmond, Leyburn, Colburn and Northallerton, and the fire service said its call-outs included "dozens" of cars stranded in flood water, more than 20 people being rescued from vehicles which had become stuck - including two men in a bin lorry - and sheep and horses being led to safety from rising water.
Extra control room operators were drafted in to handle the level of calls and the service said it had also had to make arrangements for fuel to be delivered directly to the scene of incidents so fire engines and pumps could be topped up, or for appliances to be relieved so they could refuel.
Police are urging motorists not to drive unnecessarily tonight, as a number of roads remain closed.
The A1 is closed between junction 49 at the A168 and Catterick and traffic is being diverted to the A19. There are also delays on the A1 at Marne Barracks. It is not known when the A1 will reopen.
Other roads/areas affected include:
- The road into Richmond is flooded.
- Tunstall Bridge is flooded.
- The B6271 between Brompton-on-Swale and Richmond is flooded.
- The A689 at Crakehall is flooded.
- The A684 at Morton on Swale is flooded.
- The A61 at Skipton on Swale is passable with care.
- Gilling West village is flooded.
- Bellerby is flooded.
- The A684 at Aysgarth is flooded.
- The bridge over the River Swale at Scotton is closed.
- The A66 is flooded at the Fox Inn.
- The road into Newton-le-Willows is closed.
- The road from Leyburn to Catterick Garrison is closed.
- The iron Bridge at Great Langton is flooded.
- Catterick Village is flooded.
- Croft on Tees is flooded.
East Coast Trains are now running a "limited" service between London and Edinburgh following earlier flooding south of Darlington.
An hourly service is operating on the section of the East Coast Main Line between York and Darlington, but East Coast is advising people not to travel for the rest of the day. Tickets for travel today will still be valid tomorrow, and ticket restrictions have been lifted for the rest of today to allow people to use different services.
"We thank passengers for their understanding during the extreme weather conditions which have severely disrupted road and rail travel through much of northern England today," said East Coast spokesman John Gelson.
"Our advice to those travelling first thing on Wednesday morning is to check before setting out. We are hoping to run through trains on the route tomorrow, as the worst of the weather is forecast to improve."
Travel information is available at eastcoast.co.uk, by following the East Coast twitter feed @eastcoastuk or by phoning National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.
A resident of Knaresborough wades through water following flooding from the River Nidd in the town.
The A64 at Scampston in Ryedale is only just passable and traffic is very slow, we're told.
The search for a body in the River Swale has been completed and called off. Police say they have found a yellow flotation ring at Kiplin and believe that was what had been seen in the water.
Initial reports this morning suggested a man in yellow jacket had been seen near Marne Barracks.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "At around 3.05pm this afternoon, a yellow floatation ring was found at Kiplin. It is likely that this is the object that was seen in the river this morning and as a result search teams have been stood down."
Searches of the River Swale for a person believed to have been washed away have been stood down.
Reports this morning suggested that a man in yellow jacket had been seen near Marne Barracks.
At about 3.05pm this afternoon a yellow floatation ring was found at Kiplin - police believe it is likely that this is the object that was seen in the river this morning and as a result search teams have been stood down.
Nineteen pensioners – the oldest of which is 92 - at a flooded North Yorkshire care home were carried to safety by firefighters when its flood defences broke.
The Oswin Grove care home at Gilling West, in Richmondshire, was three foot under water this morning and was evacuated.
82 flood warnings across the UK now, say the Environment Agency.
Emergency services are scaling back a search for a person believed to have been washed away in the River Swale in North Yorkshire.
Police received a report at 11.25 am this morning of a man in a yellow jacket in the river at Marne barracks, near Catterick Village.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, the police and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team launched a major search - but now are scaling back thier operation.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said there had been no further sightings.
Reports of flooding at Monks Cross in and around the Park and Ride site. No delays as of yet, but some cycle paths and footways are covered.— @york_travel 25 September 2012
Severe flood warnings at riverside properties in York including Kings Staith, Queens Staith, South Esplanade and New Walk have been issued
Environment Agency says river levels will be higher in York tomorrow - http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34681.aspx?area=122FWF710&page=1&type=Region&term=Northeast
City of York Council say they are working closely with the agency and say its standard sandbag policy is in place
Environment Agency says the current level at the Viking Recorder in York is 3.17m above ordinary depth. Levels are expected to rise throughout today and into tomorrow. Further rain is forecast.
Firefighters, a search helicopter and a mountain rescue team are still currently searching the area around Marne Barracks at Catterick Garrison after reports of a man in a yellow jacket being swept away by the floods.
Crews are searching upstream and downstream.
More to follow as it comes.
Update on sinking boat at Marygate, York: North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say a boat crew have now rescued the owners of the stranded vessel.
Motorists are being reminded only to travel when necessary
UP to 20-30mm of rain is expected across the North West region in the next 24 hours
Torrential rain has caused traffic chaos, including the A1 at Catterick which is under water.
TheEnvironment Agency has 73 flood warnings for rivers in place, and more than 150 less serious flood alerts.
North Yorks Fire and Rescue have attended more than 260 incidents over the last 24 hours
RSPCA this morning called in staff from Liverpool, Manchester, Darlington and Preston to help two donkeys - called Noah and David - caught in flood water in North Yorkshire at Cattal. Noah and David have both been safely rescued.
Firefighters say they are on their way to reports of a person in a refuse truck in Northallerton, stuck in flood-water which has reached the steering wheel.
Getting reports of another boat close to sinking on the River Ouse in York at Marygate near the Bay Horse pub.
Firefighters have been called.
More to follow as it comes.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are currently dealing with 50 ongoing incidents
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are currently dealing with 50 ongoing incidents
North Yorks County Council say some drivers are ignoring road-blocks and driving through flooded roads, causing bow waves which are then flooding road-side properties. They say this is "causing anger and distress among residents" and urge people to obey the closures.
FIREFIGHTERS are currently searching for a person reportedly trapped in a swollen river in North Yorkshire.
Fire crews along with Cleveland Air Support are at Catterick.
Crews are searching upstream and downstream and mountain rescue have set up their swift water team.
More to follow.
Amazing picture of the A1 at Catterick this morning. Blocked both ways. More at http://t.co/xFCEH3mG http://t.co/yNy0Se4v— @MalcolmWarne 25 September 2012
Flooding is causing severe train delays.
There is currently no service on the East Coast Main Line between Darlington and York: the line is blocked due to flooding at Eryholme, near Northallerton.
This is affecting services operated by East Coast, Cross Country and First TransPennine Express.
Due to flooding on many roads to the south of Darlington it's currently not possible to run replacement bus services either.
East Coast passengers being advised not to travel today: tickets for today will be valid for travel tomorrow.
East Coast trains spokesman John Gelson said: "We apologise to customers for the disruption to their journeys today.
"Very heavy rain across a wide area of northern England is affecting all travel today, and conditions are not expected to improve until this evening.
"Our advice to customers is to delay their journeys until the situation improves. East Coast tickets for today will be
valid for travel tomorrow."
The flooded railway line at Dalton in North Yorkshire
There are a number of cancellations now from York Station: the 1229 to King's Cross; the 1232 to Glasgow Central; the 1234 to Newcastle and the 1234 to Southampton Central via Doncaster.
East Coast are still reporting delays due to the weather. Their tickets are also being accepted on Virgin, Northern Rail and Transpennine Express trains, as staff work to reduce disruption.
St George's Field car park in York is beginning to flood. City of York Council ask any motorists parked there to return to their cars.
Fire crews were called to help an ambulance with a patient on board caught in flood waters in North Yorkshire.
Firefighters were called to help tow the ambulance which had slipped off the road at Little Langton, Northallerton
The crew have stabilised the vehicle and because of the road conditions have used the fire engine to transfer the casualty to a point of safety.
The casualty is due to be transferred to hospital by either a road ambulance or the air ambulance.
The British Army have said the Royal Dragoon Guards deployment event due to be held at 4.15pm today at Alma Lines, Munster Barracks, Catterick Garrison, has been cancelled due to the weather conditions.
A group shelter from the heavy rain under umbrellas as they walk across Lendal Bridge in York, while a passer-by takes a photograph of the swollen River Ouse
- The A684 closed in both directions at Aysgarth
- Standing water near Thirsk and Northallerton Golf Club and between Sutton under Whitestonecliffe and Thirsk.
- Flooding in Gilling West.
- Road into Newton le Willows is impassable.
- Bridge at Crakehall impassable due to flooding.
- Flooding in Tunstall and road blocked into the village.
- Flooding in Morton on Swale and Great Langton.
- B6267 impassable at Ingleby Quernhow.
- Numerous other roads are flooded across Richmondshire, most are passable with care.
- In Craven, the road in Carelton in closed. There is flooding at Bolton Abbey, Gargrave and Settle. However, the roads are passable with care.
- In York the River Ouse is 2.8 meters higher than normal levels.
A1 at Catterick - both carriageways are closed again between the A168 and Leeming Bar.
More pictures of the sinking barge in the River Ouse
North Yorkshire Police say Hambleton and Richmondshire are the areas worst affected by the heavy rainfall.
Flood warnings are currently in place at:
• Brompton-on-Swale Caravan Park
• Gilling Beck at Gilling West
• Brough Beck at Catterick
• River Ure at Roecliffe Caravan Park
• Bishop Monkton Beck
• River Nidd at Hunsingore and Cattal
• River Nidd at Knaresborough Caravan Parks
Ongoing incidents this morning: Crews attended flooding to the cellar of a pub in West Witton. Firefighters pumped the water out and managed to divert the floodwater away.
Several vehicles have been stuck in floodwater at the A684 at Morton on Swale. Firefighters have helped tow trapped vehicles out of the water.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said they have been getting a lot of calls to flooded properties around the areas of Colburn and Leyburn.
If you're planning to travel by rail today, you can get live updates on departures from York Station here: http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/ldbboard/dep/YRK
There are delays on the trains today too. The 1029 from York to Kings Cross is currently running 49 minutes late, and the 1032 to Glasgow has been cancelled.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say that, as at 9.30am today, they were dealing with 20 incidents and 39 other potential incidents that they may be attending. A spokesman said incidents were mainly in the north of the county, around Leyburn, Snape, Catterick and other areas around Richmondshire and Hambleton.
Firefighters from Humberside, Cleveland and Cumbria are helping out or on stand-by.
North Yorkshire County Council has published this list of roads closed due to flooding: http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=21311
Flash flooding in York. Stay safe. http://t.co/0NILRQPN— @krag11 25 September 2012
Scroll down to the foot of this story for pictures of the barge sinking, taken from York Rowing Club.
Barge sinking on the River Ouse in York @ForrestMark http://t.co/s8kJYra6— @edlouise 25 September 2012
Latest on capsized barge: A spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said fire crews were called to reports of a long boat in danger of capsizing.
He said when firefighters arrived they found the boat badly listing to the port side.
Crews cut the mooring lines on the boat to try to right the vessel but due to the amount of water taken on board firefighters were unable to save it and had to let the boat sink.
FLOOD WARNING: R #Ouse #Naburn Lock #York affecting the Lock buildings & cottages http://t.co/Ftv9MvIk #Yorkshire #floodaware #ukrain— @EnvAgencyYNE 25 September 2012
Rail services north of York are disrupted today due to the weather. There are reports of flooding to some tracks near Darlington, and delays have been compounded by a signalling problem between Newcastle and Edinburgh.
Do you have details or pictures of any flooding incidents? email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us at @yorkpress
A large number of flood warnings remain in force across the whole of North Yorkshire and motorists are urged to take extra care while out on the roads.
FIREFIGHTERS were called to more than 80 flooding incidents overnight across the county.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said the majority of the calls were between 4pm and 10pm yesterday and were mainly in the west and north of the county.
Many were within the Harrogate and Summerbridge area where a number of domestic and commercial properties were flooded.
A school at Summerbridge was affected by floodwater and fire crews set up sandbags to try to divert the water.
Some properties in the Richmond and Colburn areas and northern parts of the Yorkshire Dales were flooded, and some vehicles were stranded in flood water.
Crews also removed several cars from standing floodwater on the A1 at Brompton on Swale.
Five people had to be rescued from vehicles in the Skeeby area and one person from a stranded vehicle at Whashton.
A barge has capsized and sunk in York city centre. Firefighters were called to the Ouse near Lendal Bridge at about 8am today, but said they were unable to stop the boat sinking.