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EAST RIDING COUNCIL ON STANDBY WITH POSSIBLE FLOODING EXPECTED OVER NEXT FEW DAYS

Residents in the East Riding are being urged to prepare themselves for more possible flooding in some areas over the next few days.

Further heavy rainfall is expected in the area from 12 midnight tonight (Thursday 2nd November) with the arrival of Storm Ciarán, following last weekend’s weather which caused more than 20 roads to be flooded.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is gearing up operations in preparation in case, with its workforce on standby around the clock.

A number of roads were closed on Sunday (29th October) and this may happen again, with council staff ready to arrange road closures for people’s safety if needed.

The teams will be working alongside Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and other emergency responders.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain and forecasts gusty winds expected tomorrow (Thursday) for the East Riding.

From 6am on Thursday until 6am on Friday, heavy rain associated with Storm Ciarán could bring some disruption to northeast England and eastern Scotland.

People living in the area are being told to expect:

– There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings

– Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services

– Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures

– There is a small chance that some communities will become cut off by flooded roads

– There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses

Periods of heavy rain associated with Storm Ciarán will affect parts of northeast England and eastern Scotland during Thursday and early Friday.

Rainfall amounts are likely to reach 20-30 mm widely, with 40-60 mm accumulating over high ground, including the Cheviots, North Pennines and North York Moors.

Strong easterly winds, becoming northerly by Friday morning, will accompany the rainfall, possibly exacerbating any impacts.

There are currently flood warnings and alerts for:

– Upper River Hull catchment  including Kilham, Nafferton, Driffield, Bainton, North Dalton, Leconfield, Leven, Brandesburton, North Frodingham and Beeford.

– North Holderness including Skipsea, Hornsea and Lissett.

– Holderness Drain including Leven and Bransholme.

– Creyke, Mill and Broadlane Becks at Cottingham including properties around King St, Northgate, Dunswell Rd, and North Moor Ln.

– Lower River Hull including Cottingham, Kirk Ella, Anlaby, Hessle, Brandsholme, and Kingston upon Hull.

– Lower River Derwent including local roads and low-lying land around Stamford Bridge, Pocklington, Wressle, Wilberfoss and Elvington.

–  River Derwent at Buttercrambe Mill at Buttercrambe Bridge

– River Derwent at Stamford Bridge – The Weir Caravan Park and Kexby Bridge including The Weir Caravan Park at Stamford Bridge and properties at Kexby Bridge.

Carl Skelton, the council’s acting director of streetscene services, said: “We are continuing to deal with the impacts of Sunday’s weather across the area, when we saw up to 40mm of rain falling, causing flooding problems at 35 locations and leading to several roads being closed.

“All roads have now reopened and the flood water has receded. However, as the ground in many areas is still waterlogged from last weekend’s heavy rainfall, some flooding is likely during the next storm.

“The worst areas affected last weekend were Dunswell, Wilberfoss and Lockington, and they may be affected again.

“Whilst we can’t always stop flooding, with the right preparations in advance, and by responding swiftly to warnings when they are issued, there is a great deal people can do to reduce the impact of a flood.

“We don’t want to alarm people, we just want residents to be prepared just in case.”

The council’s flood schemes at Willerby and Derringham, Cottingham and Orchard Park, and Anlaby and East Ella – designed to capture rainwater flowing off land to prevent it from reaching homes and businesses – are working well.

But they are not designed to protect against downpours from above, so residents are being encouraged to take their own measures if they are at risk from possible flooding, including:

  • Stocking up with your own sandbags – don’t rely on the council to supply them as they are needed to protect infrastructure in emergencies,
  • Signing up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation at www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings,
  • Following @EnvAgencyNYE on X (formerly Twitter) for the latest flood updates,
    calling the Floodline on 0345 3881188.
    If your home or business is flooded, contact the council for help ion 01482 393939. Only call if it is urgent so staff can support the most in need.

In an emergency situation always call 999.

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