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Storm Dennis: People urged to stay out of flood water

Storm Dennis: People urged to stay out of flood water

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 12:19pm 16th February 2020.

The police and fire service are reminding people of the dangers of driving through or attempting to swim in floods.

  • Storm Dennis is leaving it's mark across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale with significant flood water on many roads
  • Some motorists have already had to be rescued after attempting to drive through floods
  • There's also a warning about the dangers of getting to close to rivers and other areas of open water

Storm Dennis is leaving its mark on Yorkshire today with significant flood water laying on many roads and there’s a warning that some river levels will continue to rise for the next few days.

As predicted, rainfall levels across the amber areas in the Pennines in particular were 60-80mm. That water is now filtering through watercourses into streams and rivers and will continue to do so for a number of days.

But police and the fire service are warning people of the dangers posed by flooded roads and areas of open water.

Group Manager at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Lee Smith, said:

“There may be a view that because the rain is easing away the problem is over – that’s not the case and the impact of the rainfall will continue to become apparent over the next hours and days.

“We appeal to the public to continue to stay safe and to heed all warning signs and messaging.

“We are grateful to the vast majority of people who have listened to our advice to prepare and take care. However, we now have widespread flooding across a number of roads in the North Yorkshire particularly and it’s vital people don’t take risks.

“Already today a number of motorists have had to be rescued from flood water and that’s really disappointing given the number of warnings we have been issuing.

“I would also like to reiterate the call to people to stay away from rivers and other areas of open water. Many are swollen and that may well get worse. Water may be fast moving and dangerous.”

Superintendent Sam Millar of North Yorkshire Police said:

“By sharing real time information and the latest forecasts and impacts we have helped communities to be prepared and it’s inspiring to see how they have responded. Sandbagging, offers of loans of 4x4 vehicles, contingency planning and community spirit have been evident in many areas. 

“We are not out of the woods yet so please continue to help us by looking after yourself, your property and your communities and keeping up to date with the latest information.

“Particularly important is the need to adhere to road closed signage. We are still getting reports that some people are driving past them or removing them. Not only is that a big risk to yourselves and your property it is an offence so please leave all signage in place – we will remove it when it is safe to do so.”

A number of flood warnings are in place across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale, we've got more details here...