Storm Dennis update: action being taken to protect York


With more than 300 flood warnings being issued across the UK, and rivers continuing to rise, City of York Council is continuing to put in place measures across the city to protect homes, businesses and to keep York open for business.

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Flood defences remain in place, to protect the city and keep it open for business as the river has peaked this lunchtime.

The council continues to work closely with its partners as part of the York and North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, which includes police and fire services as well as North Yorkshire County Council, Met Office and Environment Agency.

The Environment Agency has advised that the river Ouse has now peaked at around 4.4m. Both the council and Environment Agency are continuing to monitor this with the river expected to be high for the next day or two.

The flood levels for the next 36 hours are published on the EA website https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/8208.  The multi-agency flood plan, in partnership with City of York Council, has been enacted. The flood gates remain closed and the Foss Barrier is in operation.

As of Saturday 15th February, City of York Council has:

  • Deployed over 1,000 sand bags and 200 one tonne sand bags to create new flood defences at Bishopthorpe;
  • Strengthened the Peckitt Street defences;
  • Put additional sand bags and pump equipment at Tower Gardens;
  • Raised the Clementhorpe defences;
  • Put additional pumps and defences at the A19 and Germany Beck junction;
  • Following on from earlier in the week, our front line teams have continued sweeping streets;
  • Have cleared out 300 gullies following Storm Ciara in high risk areas of the city to ensure drains work as efficiently as possible.

As of Sunday 16 February, the Council has:

  • Deployed a total of 4,000 sandbags and 200 one tonne sandbags across the city to help protect the most vulnerable properties;
  • Worked with communities at Naburn to build defences and provided 480 sandbags and 21 one tonne sandbags;
  • Spoken to residents and built a new defence at Butcher Terrace, Cameron Grove and Terry Street in Clementhorpe;
  • Clementhorpe defences have been raised (staffed 24/7 with additional sandbags provided if needed);
  • Worked with the communities around Alma Terrace and Holly Street in Fishergate;
  • Put all flood defences in place and, since Storm Ciara the council has created new flood defences at Bishopthorpe and strengthened the Peckitt Street and Tower Gardens defences (Tower Gardens is being staffed 24/7 with additional sandbags provided if needed);
  • Additional pumps and defences have been placed at the A19 and Germany Beck junction.

As of Monday 17 February, the Council has:

  • Deployed over 4,000 sandbags and 200 one tonne sandbags across the city to help protect the most vulnerable properties; 
  • Worked with Fordlands Road/Fordlands Crescent 4x4 access for residents arranged from 8am-10pm - 2 vehicles and over 400 sandbags as well as delivering letters and updates prior to water rising yesterday evening; 
  • Frequent monitoring of all sites - Peckitt Street, Tower Place and A19 continued yesterday evening; 
  • Defences manned 24/7 with reinforcements with Peckitt Street, Tower Gardens, Clementhorpe, A19 Germany Beck; 
  • 11 pumps in operation; 
  • Full closure of millennium bridge as the waters rose to their current position this morning preventing a risk to all users;
  • Visit round all defences today, speaking to community reassuring our commitment;
  • Worked with communities at Naburn to build defences and provided 480 sandbags and 21 one tonne sandbags;
  • Spoken to residents and built a new defence at Butcher Terrace, Cameron Grove and Terry Street in Clementhorpe;
  • Clementhorpe defences have been raised (staffed 24/7 with additional sandbags provided if needed);
  • Worked with the communities around Alma Terrace and Holly Terrace in Fishergate;
  • Put all flood defences in place and, since Storm Ciara the council has created new flood defences at Bishopthorpe and strengthened the Peckitt Street and Tower Gardens defences (Tower Gardens is being staffed 24/7 with additional sandbags provided if needed);
  • Sent letters to properties seen as at risk from flooding with up to date information and advice;
  • Regularly updated the www.york.gov.uk/flood page to share the latest updates and advice;
  • Additional pumps and defences have been placed at the A19.

For the latest information and advice visit: www.york.gov.uk/flood

 Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of City of York Council, said:

“With significant rainfall and strong winds forecast, and the unpredictable levels of snow melt, we are closely monitoring the situation with our key partners."

“The Council has spent Saturday strengthening the city's flood defences and today, will be helping residents in the most 'at risk' locations with the provision of sandbags to protect their homes and businesses. We are taking precautions to keep our fantastic city open so residents and visitors can enjoy all York has to offer."

“We ask that people continue to keep an eye out for the latest information and alerts from the Environment Agency, which provides river levels for the next 36 hours in York https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/8208, and to look out for friends and neighbours who may need support.  Above all, please stay well away from the rivers and flood water.”

"I would like to thank all staff, key services and community volunteers who are working tirelessly to keep York safe and open for all everyone.”


 Sandbags:

 The Council provides sandbags to communities at immediate risk of flooding.

When river levels are expected to be high, the Council are unlikely to be able to provide sandbags or other defences to other communities; the Council's sandbag policy details how they prioritise the use of sandbag stock:

  1.  repairing existing flood defences
  2.  preventing flooding to large areas of residential* and commercial property
  3.  protecting utilities, hospitals, schools, residential homes and emergency services buildings
  4.  critical transport routes and essential roads
  5.  individual residential or commercial properties

Sandbags from Council stock will only be made available to individual residential or commercial properties if:

  *   there's an immediate threat of flood
  *   we'll have enough stock remaining to continue protecting priority areas
  *   flood waters aren't expected to rise above existing defences in priority areas

The Council may charge you for providing sandbags, or any help to build flood defences, at your residential or commercial property.

You should be able to buy sand and bags from the following places:

  *   Travis Perkins - Foss Islands Road or Clifton Moor
  *   Jewsons - Foss Islands Road or Green Lane Trading Estate
  *   James Burrel - Clifton Moor
  *   B&Q - Hull Road or Clifton Moor
  *   Wickes - Clifton Moor
  *   Buildbase - James Street
  *   Keyline - Osbaldwick

 

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 tune in to your local BBC radio station or Minster FM.

Follow NYP’s  advice about driving in wet conditions http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/winterdriving


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