York & North Yorkshire

Fire service rescue 13 in North Yorkshire floods

North Yorkshire Fire crews rescued 13 people in floods which swept the county over the weekend.

The fire service said it had attended 31 flood-related incidents on Sunday, mainly around Kirkbymoorside, Danby and the North York Moors.

Among those rescued was a group of five with a puppy trapped in a mini bus.

Crews said the group, which included a child, were "particularly lucky" as the bus may have turned over had it not been wedged against a fence.

They said the bus had been caught in fast-flowing water in Lawns Road, Danby. Four men, a 10-year-old boy and a puppy were rescued by firefighters in the swift water rescue boat.

Other flood victims included a farmer at Lanburn Bank, Castleton, who became cut off by flood water from the River Esk.

Flood warnings

The farmer had been in a field with his two dogs. He and one of the animals were rescued by the swift water rescue team.

A spokesman from the fire service said the other dog managed to make its own way home.

An elderly couple were rescued from a house in Manor Vale Lane, Kirkbymoorside, after they went to check on a neighbour's house. They became trapped by flood water, and the man was taken to hospital suffering from possible hypothermia.

Another two people in Kirkbymoorside were rescued from a golf course and one other from a nearby property.

A couple in their 50s were also rescued from a car on the Carlton to Faceby Road after becoming trapped in flood water.

A total of 12 flood warnings were issued across Yorkshire on Sunday. Four are still in place.

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