A MAJOR road in North Yorkshire has been closed until further notice on safety grounds after floodwaters eroded its embankment, causing some of the carriageway to subside and crack.
The A19 south of Selby is shut in both directions between Chapel Haddlesey and Eggborough, pending the results of a detailed inspection of the road and embankment's structural integrity, said North Yorkshire County Council.
Director David Bowe said the River Aire had effectively broken its banks and created a huge flood plain.
He said the A19 was in essence on a causeway and because of the strong winds, flood plain water had lapped across the top of the road and against the carriageway side.
“At the moment, we don’t know the extent of the damage, so we don’t know how stable the road is and, clearly, we can’t allow anybody on it," he said.
"We are going to drill test holes to explore the stability so that we fully understand the situation and what repairs need to be carried out.”
Diversions are in place, with HGVs being sent along the M62, A1M and A63.

Cllr Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, added: “At this stage, we can’t say how long the road will need to be closed. We will update the public as soon as we have more information.

“In the meantime, we strongly remind motorists not to attempt to drive through the closed section of the A19 or to remove any of the traffic management.

"This is in place for the safety of all the travelling public, and its removal is not only dangerous but is an offence.

“There are local diversions that we know local people will use, but we appreciate these are still significant.

"We will not divert HGVs along those routes, because that would adversely affect communities along those routes.”