A MAJOR route into York looks set to be blocked by flooding early tomorrow as the River Ouse rises to 4.5 metres above normal levels.

A low lying stretch of the A19 at Fulford is affected by floodwaters once 4.3 metres is reached, and the Environment Agency was predicting today that it will peak at 4.5 metres between 2 and 4am tomorrow.

Such levels have led to the closure of the road in the past, and leaves a question mark hanging over morning rush hour traffic.

City of York Council said its flood defence committee will meet at 2pm to assess the situation, after which it would issue a statement.

The Agency has already issued flood warnings for several locations alongside the River Ouse in York, including St George's Field – where the car park is closed - Rowntree Park, Bishopthorpe Marina and Acaster Malbis.

In Ryedale, flood warnings are in place for Pickering Beck and the River Rye, and there is a warning in place on the River Wharfe at Tadcaster.

In Knaresborough, a caravan site was affected by flooding from the River Nidd, and firefighters used a boat to rescue eleven people from their homes late last night.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters were called out today to Low Street, Nunnington, to pump out two properties affected by flooding.

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