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Clean up continuing after Yorkshire Dales flash flooding

Clean up continuing after Yorkshire Dales flash flooding

Published by Lisa Darvill at 7:40am 1st August 2019.

The clean-up is continuing following devastating flash flooding in parts of the Yorkshire Dales.  

Emergency services remain at the scene of flash flooding in parts of Richmondshire. 

Leyburn, Bellerby, Leeth and Grinton are some of the worst hit areas. 

In Leyburn, firefighters also had to deal with their own station flooding. It's been relocated to a nearby farm while the building is repaired. 


John Foster, the Interim Deputy Fire Chief said: 

"One of the local farmers who's also a retained firefighter has offered up some accommodation on his farm.

"So we're now able to relocate and offer service delivery, but from his farm. 

"It's bad. There would be approximately a metre to a metre and a half of water within the ground area in the appliance room. 

"It's got into the offices and the gymnasium and all other areas." 

North Yorkshire Police had to recover a number of cars which had been abandoned on flooded roads.

The force has issued a statement clarifying the car owners wouldn't have to pay for recovery, after a couple of people did end up paying to get their cars back. 

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: 

"As flood waters receded to a safer level, we took steps to recover the vehicles that were blocking the roads, so that traffic was able to pass freely and safely.

"Those vehicle owners are now in a position to collect their vehicle from the recovery company, and we want to make it clear that there will be absolutely no charge for this collection.  The cost of recovery will be covered by North Yorkshire Police.

"Due to our heavy workload today it took us a little while to put these arrangements in place with the recovery company, and there are one or two people who have already collected their vehicles and paid a fee.  We’d like to give our sincere apologies to these people for the inconvenience, and reassure them that if they contact the recovery company they will receive a full immediate reimbursement of the fee."

The force is urging people to keep an eye on the forecast and stay vigilant whilst travelling over the next few days. 

You can keep an eye on road closures at www.northyorks.gov.uk/roadworks-road-closures-and-diversions

The B6270 near Cogden remains closed after a landslip. 

Grinton Moor Bridge has collapsed, therefore the Grinton to Leyburn road remains closed. 

Meanwhile the partner of a Yorkshire Dales councillor who dedicated his life to battling for his community has launched a flooding appeal in his memory.

Two days after John Blackie’s funeral, Jill McMullon is urging people to donate supplies to the Upper Dales Flood Relief Fund. 

She said John would have been doing all he could to help his communities at a time like this. 

There are currently no weather warnings in place for the next few days. However showers are forecast for the Yorkshire Dales over the coming days. 

You can keep up do date with the latest flood warnings at flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings