York floods latest - city set to escape serious woe, say experts

Flood     warden David Jones  monitors the river level at Cawood Bridge. Picture: Eric Foster

Flood warden David Jones monitors the river level at Cawood Bridge. Picture: Eric Foster

First published in Selby & Tadcaster York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

YORK is set to escape Christmas flooding chaos despite rain lashing the region again this weekend.

Heavy downpours drenched North Yorkshire on Saturday and led to three flood warnings being put in place along the River Ouse in York as it peaked at four metres above normal. Many roads were closed and motorists were warned to cut their speed on other routes.

Warnings were also issued for two stretches of the River Derwent, at Stamford Bridge and Buttercrambe Mill, and eight pumps were brought into action by the Environment Agency, Ryedale District Council, Yorkshire Water and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to deal with surface water flooding in the Malton area.

Council teams and Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water staff were set to be working and on-call around the clock over Christmas in case flooding arises, but despite more rain being forecast on Monday, no serious problems are expected after a dry day today.

Saturday’s wet weather saw Cawood Bridge, near Selby, closed during the morning, while Skeldergate, in the centre of York, was shut throughout the day and St George’s Field car park, New Walk, Kings and Queens Staiths and parts of Terry Avenue were all partially flooded.

Other roads which were closed at various times during the day included Main Street in Ryther, Oxton Lane in Tadcaster, Back Lane and Ramparts in Bolton Percy, Intake Lane in Beal and Linton Bridge, near Newton-on-Ouse.

Water spilled on to the A64 in both directions near Malton and Norton, with firefighters were called to help provide residents with sandbags after problems in Saxton, near Tadcaster, and to push vans out of floodwater in Stamford Bridge and between Newton-on-Ouse and Tollerton.

The Ouse and Derwent warnings are still in place this afternoon, but an Environment Agency spokesman said: “Although the water levels will take time to drop, they have peaked at four metres in York and Malton - which, while high, is not a cause for concern - and will fall over the next few days based on the current weather forecast.

“We believe we are through the worst, especially with the rain on Saturday being steadier compared to what was seen in North Yorkshire in November.

"Of our three incident rooms in Yorkshire and the North East which operate in situations like this, those in Newcastle and Leeds have closed, and although the room in York was open on Sunday, this is simply to allow our staff to continue checking river levels.”

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4:38pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Woody G Mellor says...

Cool. I've never been to keen on woe.
Cool. I've never been to keen on woe. Woody G Mellor
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4:58pm Sun 23 Dec 12

TerryYork says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
Cool. I've never been to keen on woe.
I for one appreciate these woe warnings. The avoidance of serious woe is good news indeed!
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Cool. I've never been to keen on woe.[/p][/quote]I for one appreciate these woe warnings. The avoidance of serious woe is good news indeed! TerryYork
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5:08pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Paul Meoff says...

How does a city escape? Tunnel? Disguise? Run when the guards are looking the other way?
How does a city escape? Tunnel? Disguise? Run when the guards are looking the other way? Paul Meoff
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5:34pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Mr Anderson says...

TerryYork wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
Cool. I've never been to keen on woe.
I for one appreciate these woe warnings. The avoidance of serious woe is good news indeed!
I couldn't agree more. Woe betide anyone who doesn't take these serious woe warnings seriously.
[quote][p][bold]TerryYork[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Cool. I've never been to keen on woe.[/p][/quote]I for one appreciate these woe warnings. The avoidance of serious woe is good news indeed![/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. Woe betide anyone who doesn't take these serious woe warnings seriously. Mr Anderson
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8:07pm Sun 23 Dec 12

pedalling paul says...

Woe...woe and thrice woe.....the first effects of global warming are upon us....get on yer bikes!
Woe...woe and thrice woe.....the first effects of global warming are upon us....get on yer bikes! pedalling paul
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9:01pm Sun 23 Dec 12

bob the builder says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Woe...woe and thrice woe.....the first effects of global warming are upon us....get on yer bikes!
Poor science and the media have just propelled that myth into the public conscious. The Antarctic ice sheet is growing, while yes, the Arctic at the pther pole has shrunk, however if there were true global warming both polar ice sheets would diminish. The Met Office has also been discussed this week over it's forecasting abilities due to the poor underlying data it uses. Building on flood plains, lack of field ditch and watercourse maintenance is more responsible.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Woe...woe and thrice woe.....the first effects of global warming are upon us....get on yer bikes![/p][/quote]Poor science and the media have just propelled that myth into the public conscious. The Antarctic ice sheet is growing, while yes, the Arctic at the pther pole has shrunk, however if there were true global warming both polar ice sheets would diminish. The Met Office has also been discussed this week over it's forecasting abilities due to the poor underlying data it uses. Building on flood plains, lack of field ditch and watercourse maintenance is more responsible. bob the builder
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9:26pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Sawday2 says...

Serious woe? Is there a light-hearted kind?
Serious woe? Is there a light-hearted kind? Sawday2
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11:57pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Omega Point says...

And what of that school mate of Billy Connely's, woe betide
And what of that school mate of Billy Connely's, woe betide Omega Point
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7:01am Mon 24 Dec 12

Woody G Mellor says...

bob the builder wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
Woe...woe and thrice woe.....the first effects of global warming are upon us....get on yer bikes!
Poor science and the media have just propelled that myth into the public conscious. The Antarctic ice sheet is growing, while yes, the Arctic at the pther pole has shrunk, however if there were true global warming both polar ice sheets would diminish. The Met Office has also been discussed this week over it's forecasting abilities due to the poor underlying data it uses. Building on flood plains, lack of field ditch and watercourse maintenance is more responsible.
Woe, there Bob! I reckon you should have" Proffesor" before your name before making such statements. And so should the peddling one to be fair.
[quote][p][bold]bob the builder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Woe...woe and thrice woe.....the first effects of global warming are upon us....get on yer bikes![/p][/quote]Poor science and the media have just propelled that myth into the public conscious. The Antarctic ice sheet is growing, while yes, the Arctic at the pther pole has shrunk, however if there were true global warming both polar ice sheets would diminish. The Met Office has also been discussed this week over it's forecasting abilities due to the poor underlying data it uses. Building on flood plains, lack of field ditch and watercourse maintenance is more responsible.[/p][/quote]Woe, there Bob! I reckon you should have" Proffesor" before your name before making such statements. And so should the peddling one to be fair. Woody G Mellor
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8:24am Mon 24 Dec 12

Prob says...

bob the builder wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
Woe...woe and thrice woe.....the first effects of global warming are upon us....get on yer bikes!
Poor science and the media have just propelled that myth into the public conscious. The Antarctic ice sheet is growing, while yes, the Arctic at the pther pole has shrunk, however if there were true global warming both polar ice sheets would diminish. The Met Office has also been discussed this week over it's forecasting abilities due to the poor underlying data it uses. Building on flood plains, lack of field ditch and watercourse maintenance is more responsible.
Funny you should say that the day after this is all over the news...

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/science-enviro
nment-20804192
[quote][p][bold]bob the builder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Woe...woe and thrice woe.....the first effects of global warming are upon us....get on yer bikes![/p][/quote]Poor science and the media have just propelled that myth into the public conscious. The Antarctic ice sheet is growing, while yes, the Arctic at the pther pole has shrunk, however if there were true global warming both polar ice sheets would diminish. The Met Office has also been discussed this week over it's forecasting abilities due to the poor underlying data it uses. Building on flood plains, lack of field ditch and watercourse maintenance is more responsible.[/p][/quote]Funny you should say that the day after this is all over the news... http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/science-enviro nment-20804192 Prob
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9:53pm Tue 25 Dec 12

roclank2000 says...

bob the builder wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
Woe...woe and thrice woe.....the first effects of global warming are upon us....get on yer bikes!
Poor science and the media have just propelled that myth into the public conscious. The Antarctic ice sheet is growing, while yes, the Arctic at the pther pole has shrunk, however if there were true global warming both polar ice sheets would diminish. The Met Office has also been discussed this week over it's forecasting abilities due to the poor underlying data it uses. Building on flood plains, lack of field ditch and watercourse maintenance is more responsible.
Thanks Bob. I'll not bother with any science websites after your revelations here; I'll make sure that any global warming is "true" before I put up my flood barriers. I'll pop back next month for my global warming update.
[quote][p][bold]bob the builder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Woe...woe and thrice woe.....the first effects of global warming are upon us....get on yer bikes![/p][/quote]Poor science and the media have just propelled that myth into the public conscious. The Antarctic ice sheet is growing, while yes, the Arctic at the pther pole has shrunk, however if there were true global warming both polar ice sheets would diminish. The Met Office has also been discussed this week over it's forecasting abilities due to the poor underlying data it uses. Building on flood plains, lack of field ditch and watercourse maintenance is more responsible.[/p][/quote]Thanks Bob. I'll not bother with any science websites after your revelations here; I'll make sure that any global warming is "true" before I put up my flood barriers. I'll pop back next month for my global warming update. roclank2000
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