The Environment Agency's flood information service is updated regularly; their current flood warning is refreshed every 10 minutes:

How to prepare for possible flooding

You can prepare for possible flooding in a number of ways:

How we prepare for flooding in York

In partnership with the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, we have well established plans for the protection of the city of York, its people and premises when the the River Ouse and River Foss pose a flood risk. Our flooding action plans are triggered by Met Office weather warnings and forecasts.

The York Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) is a partnership project with the Environment Agency to carry out major flood defence upgrades within the city. The project focuses on 10 communities alongside the River Ouse and the River Foss and their tributaries, where there is a risk of flooding. New or improved defences are proposed in areas which meet cost benefit rules, as part of our plan to better protect 2,000 properties in York by 2021.

View the York Flood Alleviation Scheme map and a guide to flood defence schemes in York from the Environment Agency.

Localised flooding or surface water flooding

Heavy rain can sometimes cause localised flooding when:

  • drains are unable to cope with the amount of surface water
  • leaves and litter block gullies during severe weather

Report water and drainage problems online.

Sandbag policy

We try to prevent widespread flooding in all areas, and it's very important we make sure we have enough sandbags to protect key buildings, such as hospitals.

Note that sandbags are:

  • not available for public collection from Hazel Court
  • distributed to private properties if we have enough, and people to distribute them
  • sometimes restricted in number
  • free of charge

Refer to our sandbag policy for further information, and view advice from the Environment Agency on how to use sandbags for flood protection.

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