City of York Council and partners have put in place flood defences helping the city remain open for business.
The river is due to peak in the early hours of tomorrow morning and the council and partners are well ahead, deploying measures throughout yesterday and today.
With measures already in place at Clementhorpe, Tower Gardens, Tower Place and Peckitt Street, the council has erected the temporary bridge at City Mills/Skeldergate later today. In addition, St George’s Field car park and Rowntree Park have closed and the Esplanade will be monitored with CCTV to make sure car owners are contacted to move vehicles.
Councillor Paula Widdowson, executive member for climate change, said:
“We quickly responded to EA predictions and have put in place the usual planned flood measures in advance of the warnings. This allowed us to take advantage of daylight and also has been a good drill of our defence measures. Residents in areas at risk are encouraged to consider deploying their own personal flood protection measures recognising the value of testing equipment installation, and move their vehicles if in areas likely to flood.
We will continue to monitor the situation and have people on the ground operating pumps and checking defences. Riverside paths will be closed for some time and cleaned once the water level has subsided
For York, this is very much business as usual.”
Councillor Andrew Waller, executive member for economy and strategic planning said:
“Having already taken sensible precautions based on the predicted river levels, the city remains very much open for business. With half term rapidly approaching, we are looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to enjoy the Viking festival.”
For more information on floods in York, including advice on how to prepare, visit www.york.gov.uk/floods. Information on flood warnings is available at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings