More flooding as river levels rise

Flooding Pool-in-Wharfedale

7:42am 26th December 2015
(Updated 12:30pm 27th December 2015)

Flooding has caused widespread disruption across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

Ilkley was effectively cut off on Saturday, with main roads into and out of the town closed.

Many roads elsewhere are impassable and you can get the latest information here.

Also on Saturday, the Met Office issued a red warning for heavy rain and urged everyone to take action to remain safe and protect property.

It says that widespread flooding will lead to high levels of disruption to travel, deep, fast-flowing watercourses and a possible danger to life.

The Environment Agency has issued dozens of flood warnings.

Full details are available at http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/31618.aspx

Superintendent Dave Hannan, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "All agencies are working together to monitor the current flooding risk across North Yorkshire. There are currently a number of road closures in place across the county due to flooding.

"It's important that motorists check the weather forecast and only make journeys that are absolutely necessary and under no circumstances ignore road closure signs. It is impossible to judge the depth of floodwater and you could put yourself and passengers at risk if you attempt it. Please also remember to adjust your driving to the current road conditions and arrive safely at your destination.

"Over the coming hours and days, we will continue to monitor the situation in residential areas that are at risk, and working with local authority partners, will take the necessary action to ensure the safety of local residents."

Skipton Town Hall has been opened as a rest centre for people who have been affected by flooding or are at risk.

Sandbags are also being deployed by Craven District Council where needed.

On Saturday afternoon, the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association was drafted in to help Skipton Hospital's District Nurse team reach some patients who were inaccessible due to flooded roads.

A Land Rover was despatched from Grassington with two volunteers who collected the District Nurse and drove her on her rounds before returning to base.

On Christmas Day, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service received dozens of calls related to flooding.  

Firefighters were called to incidents in Skipton, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Summerbridge, Hawes, Easingwold, Malton and Scarborough.

Several incidents involved vehicles in floodwater, with 20 people being rescued or led to safety.

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