YORK’S River Ouse is expected to rise to about 3.5 metres above normal summer levels by tomorrow - much better than was originally feared after further rain in the Dales catchment caused by Storm Jorge.

The river, which had risen to 3.33 metres above normal at the York Viking Recorder by 3pm today, was originally predicted to reach up to 4 metres by the Environment Agency.

But the latest flood warning from the agency says levels are expected to rise from today and into tomorrow, reaching a level of around 3.5 metres in York.

The lower peak should mean some riverside properties avoiding being inundated again, and give them the chance to begin the huge clear up operation.