Flood update - Stay safe and stay home

Residents should stay home and stay safe as river levels continue to rise across the Ouse and the river Foss today.


Updated figures from the Environment Agency have risen in recent hours, and now forecast the Ouse to peak at a best estimate of 4.7m, with a small risk of going above 4.8m early tomorrow morning (22 Jan).

River Foss has now peaked at just over 2.7m. There was a small amount of localised flooding in Strensall and Huntington Rd caused by overnight heavy rain quickly entering the river upstream. The Foss Barrier continued to function as planned. Frontline teams are on the ground monitoring the situation, with particular focus on supporting communities in the Strensall to Yearsley baths area, the area around Brandon Grove and the communities around Tang Hall Beck.

Our frontline teams are working quickly to ensure all our defences are in place and support is being offered to those most at risk. Residents who are directly affected have been contacted through door-knocking and letter drops in the flood risk areas.

We would like to thank all frontline staff and key services who are working tirelessly in these challenging condition to keep York safe for us all.

This is a fast-changing situation - residents should avoid taking any unnecessary risks, such as attempting to travel through flood water. Home remains the safest place.

For more information on floods in York, including advice on how to prepare, please visit www.york.gov.uk/floods. 



The council have acted swiftly throughout the last 24 hours as the situation rapidly evolves, actions so far include:

  • Defences have been provided to properties in the immediate flood risk area, including the deployment of pumps and delivery of defences to properties most at risk.
  • Letters are being sent and doors knocked at properties where flooding might occur if river levels rise to the highest EA projections and exceed temporary flood defences. Residents will be asked to consider precautionary evacuation to ensure they can make COVID safe arrangements to stay with friends or family or stay in the Stay City aparthotel. 

Travel updates and road closures

  • Skeldergate – now closed
  • Knavesmire Road – closed from this afternoon
  • Huntington Road (South of Haleys Terrace Nr Iron Overbridge) – closed this afternoon (expected to reopen later today)
  • Main Street, Nether Poppleton – now closed
  • Acaster Lane, Acaster Malbis – now closed
  • Naburn Lane, Naburn – now closed
  • Millennium Bridge – now closed
  • Fordlands Crescent – now closed

Defences are now in place at:

  • Brandon Street
  • Fordlands Road
  • Vine Street
  • Bishopthorpe Road, near the Crematorium
  • Butcher Terrace
  • Holly Terrace
  • Lilac House
  • Pumping station cottages
  • Alma Terrace
  • Terry Avenue
  • Holly Terrace
  • Clementhorpe – letters have been sent to resident regarding preparations and procedure for potential COVID safe evacuation
  • Peckitt Street – letters have been sent to resident regarding preparations and procedure for potential COVID safe evacuation

Useful Links

Information on flood warnings is available at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings.

For travel advice listen to your local radio and news services, or follow @york_travel and @CityofYork on twitter.

For more information, support and advice visit www.york.gov.uk/coronavirus. For specific public health advice please contact the York public health team at [email protected].

The Major Incident Response Team have trained volunteers on hand to provide emotional support to those affected by incidents such as flooding. The team are here to help and you can contact them on [email protected]

Keep up to date with the latest flood warnings and situation in your area at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/122FWF755

To report debris/fallen trees please visit www.york.gov.uk/reportproblems

You can also follow @EnvAgencyYNE and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest updates. Or call Floodline on 0345  9881188

Keep up to date with the weather forecast and weather warnings at www.metoffice.gov.uk or listen to BBC Radio York 

Follow advice from North Yorkshire Police about driving in wet conditions.

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