As river levels in York begin to rise, below you will find an update on the flood defences that will be deployed to your area, as well as information on the latest support and advice, as your home or road may be directly affected.
I want to reassure you that we have teams and resources in place to quickly respond to incidents and high river levels, in order to protect the city and that everything is being managed in a COVID secure way.
Current river levels:
We are expecting persistent and heavy rain until early Thursday [21/01]. River levels are expected to rise significantly. Early forecasts indicate potential levels that will mean the road at Fordlands Road will flood.
Fordlands Road flood defences:
As a precaution, we have taken the decision to put in place flood defences, including pumps and sandbags today. The pumps will help protect properties on Fordlands Road, Fordlands Crescent and the A19. Sandbags are scheduled to be delivered to Fordlands Crescent for the properties at risk.
For residents of the Fordlands Road area, we are installing a scaffold walk way on the left hand side of the road entering Fordland’s road this evening (Wednesday 20th January). This will allow pedestrian access in and out of this location safely. Whilst the walk way is being constructed, a single lane will be maintained for vehicular access until the road is covered by flood water. We will then have to close the road to motorists in order to manage the risk of driving through the flood water (creating a wave effect) and affecting the temporary walk way. Access for emergency vehicles will be allowed at all times. This new solution is being put in place, as we, unfortunately, cannot use 4x4 vehicle deployed last year during Storm Dennis, due to current national legislation regarding Covid and to keep the community safe.
We would like to thank the local farmer, who has agreed to open the gate to also provide local residents with additional temporary access around the flood water.
If you need urgent and essential use of your vehicle, you may wish to consider moving your car. The bridge will be taken down as soon as the flood water subsides and in line with Environment Agency predictions.
In addition to this should anyone need access to food, medicine or any other support, you can contact covid19[email protected] telephone 01904 551550 and the council will provide this support directly to you.
As we have seen with previous flooding, when River Ouse levels rise significantly, flood water levels on both sides of the A19 rise and can flood Fordlands Road. The council has not and would not pump water to harm Fordlands Road or Fordlands Crescent.
The council are here to support you in what may be a stressful time. Please visit www.york.gov.uk/floodadvice or call City of York Council on 01904 551 550, or the Environment Agency Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for the latest information and advice, and should you need any support.
This once again shows why the joined-up flood defence plan, for which I have campaigned for years, is needed urgently. Following an initial consultation with the local community, £2 million has been put forward in the draft 2021/22 Council Budget to progress a £4.9 million joined-up plan for flood resilience measures locally. Further details, including consultation, will be shared with the community this year. Thank you for your support in this campaign!
Below, please find a copy of a letter which was delivered to Fulford residents today (20 January).