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Flood warnings issued for York and surrounding area

Image courtesy: @CityofYork

York has been put on a flood alert by government authorities, with Naburn Lock on a flood warning.The River Ouse was recorded at 2.93m early Monday morning, but it is slowly falling.

Heavy rainfall on Saturday is the cause of the flooding. One Twitter user on Saturday wrote: “Weather App. 100% rain today. Yep. All. Of. The. Day.” Another wrote: “Hopefully a drier week ahead.” The MET office has predicted rain from Wednesday 7th October lasting the rest of the week.

Flood warning, image courtesy of Flood Information Service

Government advice to people on a flood alert is to prepare. They recommend signing up for the flood warning service. This will text or email with updates on risk and rising river levels. Other suggestions include preparing a bag of essentials in case the situation deteriorates. Essentials may include medicines and insurance documents.

Residents living in an area with a flood warning should act. This means moving things upstairs to safety, turning off gas, water and electricity, and moving family, pets and cars to safety. For short-term protection, air-bricks and/or sandbags can be purchased from hardware stores, such as B&Q and Wickes.

In 2016, a five year Flood Action-Plan was put in place to reduce the risk of flooding in York. This came after the devastating floods in December 2015. Mark Scott, the Yorkshire area manager for the Environment Agency, at the start of the plan said: “Over the next five years we will carry out a major programme of upgrading flood defences within the city.The £45 million investment to York from the Government is the first step towards that.” The Foss barrier has had £17 million of funding invested in it since the beginning of the Flood Action-Plan. The barrier is currently operating meaning excess water from the River Ouse won’t overflow the River Foss. It takes eight minutes to lower fully and operates, on average, five times a year.

Flooded York 2015, image courtesy of BBC York & North Yorkshire

The long-term vision from the Flood Action-Plan is to plant more trees, change drainage systems to remove pressure on the river, and help houses become more flood resistant.

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