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Get the latest updates on flooding in York, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, and listen to BBC Radio York or Minster FM. You can also follow @EnvAgencyYNE and #floodaware on Twitter, or contact Floodline by telephone: 0345 988 1188.

Update: Friday, 21 February at 5.45pm

York remains open for business this weekend (Friday 21 February) with flood defences remaining in place in preparation for further rainfall. The latest advice from the Environment Agency is that levels of the River Ouse will rise over the weekend with rain forecast across the region. However, levels are not expected to reach those seen earlier this week, after Storm Dennis. Reas more in our news release: York remains open and prepared for further rainfall.

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Update: Thursday, 20 February at 5.10pm

We've have visited properties to provide reassurance and updates for residents ahead of further rain expected over the weekend. The latest advice from the Environment Agency is that the River Ouse is currently falling (slowly). Whilst rain is forecast in the coming days across the country, river levels are not expected to reach the levels experienced earlier this week. So, York is very much open for business. Read more in our news release: Council goes door-to-door to reassure communities.

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Update: Wednesday, 19 February at 5.10pm

Our clean-up operation started today (19 February), while flood defences remain in place to continue protecting the city - heavy rain is expected this weekend and some Environment Agency (EA) weather warnings may come back into force.

We're continuing to work with the York and North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, which includes police and fire services, North Yorkshire County Council, the Met Office and the EA.

The latest advice from the EA is that the River Ouse is currently falling (slowly), so York is very much 'open for business'. Read more in our news release: Clean up operation to start across the city today – but defences to remain in place.

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Update: Tuesday, 18 February at 6.30pm

With river levels expected to remain high for the coming week, our flood defences are staying firmly in place to continue protecting the city. Read more in our news release: Ouse flood defences stay firmly in place.

Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast and river level predictions.

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Update: Monday, 17 February at 5.20pm

Flood defences remain in place to protect York, and keep the city open for business. However, the Environment Agency has advised that the River Ouse peaked at around 4.4 metres at lunchtime on Monday (17 February). We're continuing to work closely with partners to monitor the situation, with the river expected to be high for several days. Read more in our news release: York remains open for business as defences in place as Ouse reaches its peak.

Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast and river level predictions.

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Update: Sunday, 16 February 2020 at 7.05pm

As part of the York and North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, we're working around the clock with the police and fire services, as well as North Yorkshire County Council, the Met Office and the Environment Agency (EA) to ensure homes and businesses are protected from flooding and to reassure you that action is being taken.

The EA has confirmed levels on the River Ouse in York are set to peak on Tuesday afternoon (18 February) with current forecasts showing a potential river level of up to 4.8 metres. These forecast levels may continue to change as the impact of overnight rain makes its way into water channels. Get more information; read our news release: Thousands of sandbags deployed – York is still open for business.

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Updated: Friday, 14 February 2020 at 6.20pm

Over the next 24 hours we're putting all the Ouse’s flood defences in place to protect homes and businesses, and to keep York open for 'business as usual' ahead of the arrival of Storm Dennis. With an unusual combination of high rainfall, snow melt and saturated ground, river levels are predicted to rise. Read more in our news release: Preparations continue ahead of Storm Dennis.

For more information on the JORVIK Viking Festival commencing Saturday 15 February, and other events in York visit www.visityork.gov.uk

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Update: Saturday, 15 February 2020 at 9.25pm

We're continuing to put measures in place across the city to protect homes and businesses, and to 'keep York open' this weekend and the coming week. Levels on the River Ouse are forecast to be up to 5.2 metres (and potentially 5.4 metres at 'worst case' level) The Environment Agency expects the river levels to peak on Monday evening, 17 February. Weather conditions remain unsettled, further rain is forecast over the next 48 hours and could result in changes to river levels and peak timings. The situation is being monitored 24/7; the city's flood plan is in operation.

See a list of flood defences we have put in place in our news release: Action being taken to protect York against Storm Dennis.

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Update: Tuesday, 11 February at 3.30pm

Flood defences during Storm Ciara successfully diverted flood water, meaning disruption has been kept to minimum.

We'll continue to monitor the situation to assess when to start the clean up operation; riverside cycle and footpaths will be closed until water levels subside. Read more in our news release: Flood defences prevent further flooding.

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Update: Monday, 10 February 2020

Working with partners we've put flood defences in place to help the city remain 'open for business'.

River levels are due to peak in the early hours of tomorrow morning (Tuesday 11 February 2020), and the council and partners are well ahead, deploying flood defence measures throughout yesterday and today (10 February 2020). Read more in our news release: York ready for rising river levels.

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