EXPERTS have tonight revealed which York roads are most at risk of being flooded as the River Ouse continues to rise following Storm Ciara.

The Environment Agency's latest forecast is for the river to peak at between 4.35 and 4.5 metres above normal summer levels at about 6am tomorrow.

That's the highest since the disastrous floods of 2015, when it reached 5.2 metres, and the agency says it leaves several key roads in danger of being flooded.

In the city centre, Skeldergate has been closed this evening by flooding and Tower Street is the road next most at risk.

At Fulford, access roads around Fordlands Road are also at risk, as they will begin to flood at a level of 4.2 metres.

Access roads for Naburn will also begin to flood, and flooding of other roads and farmland is possible, but flooding of property at Naburn is not expected.

Some riverside properties, such as the Kings Arms and other pubs and restaurants on Kings Staith, and flats in Skeldergate, were surrounded today by floodwaters as the river rose rapidly following heavy rain in the Pennines catchment on Sunday.

However, other homes and businesses which were flooded in 2015 - such as the rows of terraced houses in River Street, Clementhorpe - look set for a narrow escape this time round.

City of York Council said it and its partners had put in place flood defences such as sandbags at Clementhorpe, Tower Gardens, Tower Place and Peckitt Street, and the council had erected a temporary bridge at City Mills/Skeldergate.

"In addition, St George’s Field car park and Rowntree Park have closed and the Esplanade will be monitored with CCTV to make sure car owners are contacted to move vehicles," said a spokesperson.

Cllr Paula Widdowson, executive member for climate change, said the authority quickly responded to agency predictions and had put in place the usual planned flood measures in advance of the warnings.

"This allowed us to take advantage of daylight and also has been a good drill of our defence measures," she said.

"We will continue to monitor the situation and have people on the ground operating pumps and checking defences. Riverside paths will be closed for some time and cleaned once the water level has subsided."

Cllr Andrew Waller, executive member for economy, said: "Having already taken sensible precautions based on the predicted river levels, the city remains very much open for business.

"With half term rapidly approaching, we are looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to enjoy the Viking festival.”

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