Flood alert after rapid thaw of snow

Baker Pete Ellison, who was the only trader to set up his stall at Malton market

The driver of this vehicle escaped injury when his car collided with a tree in West Haddlesey, near Selby

First published in Selby & Tadcaster York Press: Photograph of the Author by

NORTH Yorkshire was braced for flooding today, with the weekend’s heavy rain and the rapid thaw of snow expected to cause river levels to rise.

Several inches of snow fell across the region overnight on Friday, leading to hazardous driving conditions on many roads in North and East Yorkshire, and a number of drivers were forced to abandon their vehicles.

The heavy snow led to a couple, including a woman who was recovering from surgery, being rescued from their car after the vehicle became stuck in a snowdrift in North Yorkshire.

Firefighters were called to the scene between Stape and Egton, on the North York Moors, at about 7.30pm on Friday. The couple had tried to dig themselves free from the snowdrift for more than two hours after their breakdown service refused to attend.

The snow saw turnout to Malton Market on Saturday reduced to only one trader, baker Pete Ellison, while conditions caused one motorist in West Haddlesey to leave the road and crash into a tree. The driver was not believed to be seriously hurt.

In Selby, smoke was seen rising from the ground in Doncaster Road, when an underground electrical transformer caught fire after floodwater caused it to short circuit.

Residents in Scrayingham village, close to Malton, called the fire service after the heavy rain and thawing snow caused water to run towards a number of properties and into a garage.

A fire service spokeswoman said the incident had been left in the hands of the council, who were distributing sandbags.

A man had to be rescued from the roof of his car after it became stuck in a foot of floodwater in Buttercrambe Road, Helmsley, on Sunday. A spokeswoman for the fire service said crews did not have the resources to recover the vehicle, and the road was closed.

Yesterday, the Environment Agency issued flood alerts and warnings for the Rivers Derwent, Foss and Ouse.

Kings Staith and Queen’s Staith, in York, and low-lying land around the rivers was expected to experience flooding today.

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10:59am Mon 28 Jan 13

Mulgrave says...

The proposed site for the Arts Barge next to The Bonding Warehouse was inaccesible due to flooding for periods at the end of September, end of November, around Christmas and it looks like a repeat performance is on the cards, not to mention the thick silt that needs to be cleared each time after the waters have receeded before access can be gained. Not a great business plan especially considering the amount of Council Tax that has been promised to the venture.
The proposed site for the Arts Barge next to The Bonding Warehouse was inaccesible due to flooding for periods at the end of September, end of November, around Christmas and it looks like a repeat performance is on the cards, not to mention the thick silt that needs to be cleared each time after the waters have receeded before access can be gained. Not a great business plan especially considering the amount of Council Tax that has been promised to the venture. Mulgrave
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11:17am Mon 28 Jan 13

bob the builder says...

No one seems prepared, or willing to prepare, people ignore warnings not to travel - they bring their problems upon themselves, then expect someone else to sort them out, endangering the lives of others and costing the taxpayer! Every non emergency own cause rescue should be billed back to them, people would soon wise up.
No one seems prepared, or willing to prepare, people ignore warnings not to travel - they bring their problems upon themselves, then expect someone else to sort them out, endangering the lives of others and costing the taxpayer! Every non emergency own cause rescue should be billed back to them, people would soon wise up. bob the builder
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11:32am Mon 28 Jan 13

Mulgrave says...

bob the builder wrote:
No one seems prepared, or willing to prepare, people ignore warnings not to travel - they bring their problems upon themselves, then expect someone else to sort them out, endangering the lives of others and costing the taxpayer! Every non emergency own cause rescue should be billed back to them, people would soon wise up.
I wonder how the repairs to the fire chiefs BMW X5 are going after the last floods?
[quote][p][bold]bob the builder[/bold] wrote: No one seems prepared, or willing to prepare, people ignore warnings not to travel - they bring their problems upon themselves, then expect someone else to sort them out, endangering the lives of others and costing the taxpayer! Every non emergency own cause rescue should be billed back to them, people would soon wise up.[/p][/quote]I wonder how the repairs to the fire chiefs BMW X5 are going after the last floods? Mulgrave
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11:54am Mon 28 Jan 13

CHISSY1 says...

Mulgrave wrote:
bob the builder wrote:
No one seems prepared, or willing to prepare, people ignore warnings not to travel - they bring their problems upon themselves, then expect someone else to sort them out, endangering the lives of others and costing the taxpayer! Every non emergency own cause rescue should be billed back to them, people would soon wise up.
I wonder how the repairs to the fire chiefs BMW X5 are going after the last floods?
"What a stupid thing to come out with,it will have been repaired ages ago."
[quote][p][bold]Mulgrave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bob the builder[/bold] wrote: No one seems prepared, or willing to prepare, people ignore warnings not to travel - they bring their problems upon themselves, then expect someone else to sort them out, endangering the lives of others and costing the taxpayer! Every non emergency own cause rescue should be billed back to them, people would soon wise up.[/p][/quote]I wonder how the repairs to the fire chiefs BMW X5 are going after the last floods?[/p][/quote]"What a stupid thing to come out with,it will have been repaired ages ago." CHISSY1
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12:41pm Mon 28 Jan 13

timcore says...

Last week it was "Oh my God, it's so cold, we're all going to get snowed in and die". Now it's "Oh my God, we're all going to be submerged in thawing snow and rainwater and die". Presumably next week after a couple of dry days it will be "Oh my God, I'm so dehydrated and can't legally use a hosepipe, we're all going to die". I cannot roll my eyes any more than I am doing right now.
Last week it was "Oh my God, it's so cold, we're all going to get snowed in and die". Now it's "Oh my God, we're all going to be submerged in thawing snow and rainwater and die". Presumably next week after a couple of dry days it will be "Oh my God, I'm so dehydrated and can't legally use a hosepipe, we're all going to die". I cannot roll my eyes any more than I am doing right now. timcore
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12:55pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

Mulgrave wrote:
The proposed site for the Arts Barge next to The Bonding Warehouse was inaccesible due to flooding for periods at the end of September, end of November, around Christmas and it looks like a repeat performance is on the cards, not to mention the thick silt that needs to be cleared each time after the waters have receeded before access can be gained. Not a great business plan especially considering the amount of Council Tax that has been promised to the venture.
Whoever drew up the business plan will have factored this in.
Duh.
[quote][p][bold]Mulgrave[/bold] wrote: The proposed site for the Arts Barge next to The Bonding Warehouse was inaccesible due to flooding for periods at the end of September, end of November, around Christmas and it looks like a repeat performance is on the cards, not to mention the thick silt that needs to be cleared each time after the waters have receeded before access can be gained. Not a great business plan especially considering the amount of Council Tax that has been promised to the venture.[/p][/quote]Whoever drew up the business plan will have factored this in. Duh. Buzz Light-year
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1:39pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Woody G Mellor says...

bob the builder wrote:
No one seems prepared, or willing to prepare, people ignore warnings not to travel - they bring their problems upon themselves, then expect someone else to sort them out, endangering the lives of others and costing the taxpayer! Every non emergency own cause rescue should be billed back to them, people would soon wise up.
Some people HAVE to travel! And shut up with your boring monotonous "tax payer" BS!!
[quote][p][bold]bob the builder[/bold] wrote: No one seems prepared, or willing to prepare, people ignore warnings not to travel - they bring their problems upon themselves, then expect someone else to sort them out, endangering the lives of others and costing the taxpayer! Every non emergency own cause rescue should be billed back to them, people would soon wise up.[/p][/quote]Some people HAVE to travel! And shut up with your boring monotonous "tax payer" BS!! Woody G Mellor
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4:48pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Mulgrave says...

Buzz Light-year wrote:
Mulgrave wrote:
The proposed site for the Arts Barge next to The Bonding Warehouse was inaccesible due to flooding for periods at the end of September, end of November, around Christmas and it looks like a repeat performance is on the cards, not to mention the thick silt that needs to be cleared each time after the waters have receeded before access can be gained. Not a great business plan especially considering the amount of Council Tax that has been promised to the venture.
Whoever drew up the business plan will have factored this in.
Duh.
Are you sure?, it is a 'destination' venue as it is off the beaten track, and the project wanted this location way back in the days when drought was the headline, not the second wettest year ever ( only missed first by a few mm ), with the possibility that a change in the jet stream may make recent weather patterns the norm.
[quote][p][bold]Buzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mulgrave[/bold] wrote: The proposed site for the Arts Barge next to The Bonding Warehouse was inaccesible due to flooding for periods at the end of September, end of November, around Christmas and it looks like a repeat performance is on the cards, not to mention the thick silt that needs to be cleared each time after the waters have receeded before access can be gained. Not a great business plan especially considering the amount of Council Tax that has been promised to the venture.[/p][/quote]Whoever drew up the business plan will have factored this in. Duh.[/p][/quote]Are you sure?, it is a 'destination' venue as it is off the beaten track, and the project wanted this location way back in the days when drought was the headline, not the second wettest year ever ( only missed first by a few mm ), with the possibility that a change in the jet stream may make recent weather patterns the norm. Mulgrave
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11:34pm Mon 28 Jan 13

jgycfc says...

let's be honest, if CYC drew up the "Business Plan" it's doomed. I am for the Arts barge though. York's being rubbish since the floods of 2000 and the loss of The Bonding Warehouse / The Arts Centre for this kind of stuff.

Moan about trendy winebars. Moan about old man pubs costing too much, moan about PubCos costing too much, moan about an alternative. Boo hoo.

Hey Arts Barge lot, if it has had a business plan drawn up by the bumbling waste of incompetence that is CYC, do a fundraiser to make sure this plan stacks up please? Ta.
let's be honest, if CYC drew up the "Business Plan" it's doomed. I am for the Arts barge though. York's being rubbish since the floods of 2000 and the loss of The Bonding Warehouse / The Arts Centre for this kind of stuff. Moan about trendy winebars. Moan about old man pubs costing too much, moan about PubCos costing too much, moan about an alternative. Boo hoo. Hey Arts Barge lot, if it has had a business plan drawn up by the bumbling waste of incompetence that is CYC, do a fundraiser to make sure this plan stacks up please? Ta. jgycfc
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7:24am Tue 29 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

Surely the Arts Barge project is grown up enough to do their own business plan?
Why would CYC be doing it?
Just so whiners can slag them off?
Surely the Arts Barge project is grown up enough to do their own business plan? Why would CYC be doing it? Just so whiners can slag them off? Buzz Light-year
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11:18am Tue 29 Jan 13

/kev/null says...

Mulgrave: Your revelations about the river Ouse came as a surprise to me. So it floods sometimes does it? You should contact the Arts Barge Project immediately with this vital information before it is too late.

Honestly...
Mulgrave: Your revelations about the river Ouse came as a surprise to me. So it floods sometimes does it? You should contact the Arts Barge Project immediately with this vital information before it is too late. Honestly... /kev/null
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12:07pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Mulgrave says...

/kev/null wrote:
Mulgrave: Your revelations about the river Ouse came as a surprise to me. So it floods sometimes does it? You should contact the Arts Barge Project immediately with this vital information before it is too late.

Honestly...
Looks like I am the only one to see the flaws in this... established businesses have to take their chances, such as the pubs and river cruises etc. However the primary object of the project is a community arts and performance base, and as far as I am aware, 'affordability' is why it is being based on a barge, as there is no particular connection to the river. There is quite alot of comment that this might not be a perfect location due to it being 'out of the way', and in a ' normal' year I would expect this site to be under water once, ie perhaps for 7 - 10 days, bearing in mind that CYC have to remove the barricades and clean the road. The point I was making is that from September, assuming this flood is similar to the others, that is 28 - 40 days when the barge cannot operate. Added to this is the perception that the venue may be closed, as happens with the City when flooding gets reported on BBC etc. Who pays the acts that can't perform due to no fault of their own, the staff that can't work? In part me and other Council tax payers, those who think I am so wide of the mark, how about putting your cash into it, and cut out CYC?
[quote][p][bold]/kev/null[/bold] wrote: Mulgrave: Your revelations about the river Ouse came as a surprise to me. So it floods sometimes does it? You should contact the Arts Barge Project immediately with this vital information before it is too late. Honestly...[/p][/quote]Looks like I am the only one to see the flaws in this... established businesses have to take their chances, such as the pubs and river cruises etc. However the primary object of the project is a community arts and performance base, and as far as I am aware, 'affordability' is why it is being based on a barge, as there is no particular connection to the river. There is quite alot of comment that this might not be a perfect location due to it being 'out of the way', and in a ' normal' year I would expect this site to be under water once, ie perhaps for 7 - 10 days, bearing in mind that CYC have to remove the barricades and clean the road. The point I was making is that from September, assuming this flood is similar to the others, that is 28 - 40 days when the barge cannot operate. Added to this is the perception that the venue may be closed, as happens with the City when flooding gets reported on BBC etc. Who pays the acts that can't perform due to no fault of their own, the staff that can't work? In part me and other Council tax payers, those who think I am so wide of the mark, how about putting your cash into it, and cut out CYC? Mulgrave
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