York & North Yorkshire

Flood warnings for York riverside footpaths

Flood warnings have been issued across North Yorkshire as heavy rain creates a risk of riverside footpaths being swamped in York.

The Environment Agency has issued the alerts for land surrounding parts of the Ouse, Ure and Swale rivers.

In York city centre riverside footpaths could flood due to an expected rise of three feet in the Upper River Ouse.

Properties at Aldward Bridge and Thorpe Underwood are at risk from rises in the River Ure, the agency said.

Roecliffe Caravan Park is also under threat of flooding.

Rivers 'rising steadily'

The water level at Aldwark Bridge is expected to rise from 3.1m up to 4m later.

The footpaths at risk of flooding in York include King's Staith, Queen's Staith and South Esplanade.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: "Heavy rainfall yesterday has caused levels on the River Ouse to rise.

"The current river level at York Viking Recorder is 9ft (3m).

"Levels are expected to rise steadily through today and tonight with a peak of 12ft (3.9m) expected at around 6am on Sunday morning."

Cottages in danger

Low-lying land including agricultural land and roads surrounding Lower Dunsforth, Aldborough and Bishop Monkton are at risk from the Lower River Ure, which "continues to rise steadily".

Along the River Swale low-lying land at Grinton Bridge and the B6270 at Low Whita is expected to flood and properties in Kirby Wiske are at risk.

The River Swale and tributaries from Catterick Bridge to the River Ouse is expected to remain high throughout the night, rising from 3.7m to 4.5m at Crakehill.

Agricultural land adjacent to the river in the Cawood, Kelfield, Wistow and Selby areas may also be flooded by the Tidal River Ouse, with Naburn Lock Buildings and Lock Cottages in danger of flooding.

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