York & North Yorkshire

Sheep rescued from North Yorkshire flood zone

Sheep rescue
Image caption A specialist water rescue team helped move the sheep from the flood waters

Fire crews have rescued 300 stranded sheep and lambs from rising flood waters in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said they used a water rescue team to move the sheep from land by a flooded river near Middleham on Thursday.

The fire service also pumped out water from a number of flooded properties in the Skipton and Summerbridge areas.

The Environment Agency said flood warnings were in place across North Yorkshire after heavy rain.

Four flood warnings, the second highest level of alert, remain in place.

'Big lake'

The agency said the warnings apply to the River Ouse in York and the River Swale at Kirby Wiske.

Image caption Owners of Linton Lock Marina said the water was about 15ft higher than normal

A caravan park in Linton On Ouse was left under 5ft (1.5m) of flood water, its owner said.

Philip Benson of Linton Lock Marina said two holidaymakers and their pet dog had to be moved to higher ground on Thursday night.

"It's like one big lake at the moment. The lock, the car park and half of the marina is completely underwater," he said.

"There's a 25ft drop waterfall and now you can't see it. The flood water is a few feet above it and it's still creeping."

The B6160 in North Yorkshire is closed near Bolton Abbey and also between Diary Lane and Low Lane due to flooding.

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