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Storm Dennis: Flood warnings in place

Storm Dennis: Flood warnings in place

Published by May Norman at 9:33pm 15th February 2020. (Updated at 12:43pm 16th February 2020)

15 flood warnings and 6 flood alerts are in force across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

  • Storm Dennis has arrived across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.
  • 15 flood warnings and 6 flood alerts are currently in place in our area.
  • An AMBER weather warning remains in place until 3pm on Sunday.
  • Environment Agency releases details on when rivers in the Stray FM area are due to peak.

Heavy rain and wind has continued to hit Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale throughout Saturday evening and is expected to last into Sunday

A Met Office AMBER weather warning for heavy rain is in place and the Flood Information Service has warned flooding is possible.

Flood warnings are currently in force in the following areas:

  • River Nidd at Knaresborough
  • River Nidd at Knaresborough Caravan Parks and Goldsborough Mill Farm
  • River Nidd at Hunsingore and Cattal
  • River Ure at Roecliffe Caravan Park
  • River Ure at Milby Island
  • River Ure in Ripon at Ure Bank and the Racecourse
  • River Ure at Masham
  • Swinney Beck at Masham
  • River Swale at Topcliffe
  • River Swale at Howe village and by Skipton Bridge
  • River Swale at Thornton Bridge
  • River Swale at Helperby
  • River Swale at Myton on Swale
  • River Ure at Aldwark Bridge to Cuddy Shaw
  • River Ouse at Linton Lock

A number of lower level flood alerts are also in place, for more information visit the Flood Warning website.

The AMBER alert is in place up until 3pm on Sunday afternoon.





Sandbags have been issued in many areas including Pateley Bridge, Masham, Ilkley and Boroughbridge.


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The Army were deployed to help in Ilkley on Saturday, where the Lower River Wharfe is predicted to breach, flooding nearby homes.

More than 140 soldiers have been installing flood barriers, attempting to limit flooding damage to nearby properties.

A deployment of 75 soldiers from the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, and a further 70 reservists from the 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, were drafted in to help.

North and West Yorkshire’s multi-agency emergency and highways teams and resources have been working together to best respond to Storm Dennis.

And with all the people on the ground helping to protect at risk flood areas, there are others who are supporting them:

County Council Chief Executive Richard Flinton is the Chair of the multi-agency North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum.

He said:

“We are standing up resources to deal with what could be a potentially serious situation but we are sure the public would understand that we are targeting those resources at the areas which are the highest priority.

“Combined with melting snow on some high ground and the fact that a lot of land is already saturated following Storm Ciara last weekend, we are focused on targeting resources where the impacts of further rain are most likely. 

“We advise people to watch the weather forecast from the Met Office, to consider whether there is action they need to take and to keep a close eye on travel conditions.

“Above all we would urge people to postpone travel plans if at all possible, to keep safe and not to drive through flood water and road closure signs and keep away from open water in any event as this can endanger lives.”

Travel disruption across the Stray FM area is expected too:

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