SEVERE flooding has caused chaos for residents and motorists across the region with emergency services on high flood alert.
At Carlton in Snaith a team of seven officers from the Environment Agency, led by Sarah Clarke (above), were on the scene 150 metres from the Carlton Road Bridge, after concerns water from the flooded River Aire was leaking through vermin holes in the flood bank.
She said the team was keeping a “watching brief” to ensure the holes did not get any worse, but she did not envisage river levels rising following the deluge of the past 48 hours. We don’t envisage any more heavy rainfall and the situation is now in hand.”
At the weather station at Lynton-on-Ouse a spokesman said the district had endured 60mm of rainfall in 48 hours with the average for the whole of September being 51.5mm.
A retained fire crew from Selby was at the bridge over the River Wharfe, which remains closed, after reports of water seeping through the stonework. And Selby Blue watch manager Tony Walker said his team had attended a number of incidents in Richmondshire and North Allerton where flooding was at its worst.
He said the Specialised Water Rescue Team at the Selby station had rescued a number of people trapped in their vehicles and added: “As the flood waters travel south we are keeping an eye on the levels of the Ouse in case of any emergencies. However, normal fire service coverage will not be affected.”
A spokeswoman from the Environement Agency said: “The latest information is the Ouse is rising throughout today and around midnight and we envisage that will have a knock on effect further down river. We ask people to remain vigilant and report any problems or go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk website for updates.”
Amid the problems caused by weather there were crashes at Chapel Haddlesey on the A19 on Wednesday morning and Tuesday on the A63 between Howden and Selby between a Ford Focus and a lorry. There were no injuries but the road was closed for two hours while investigations took place. (BUY THIS PHOTO L7125TS) Picture: Tony Saxton q Full photo gallery @ www.selbytimes.co.uk
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Thursday 05 December 2013
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