Flooding – an update from the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Markington Floods
Markington Floods by Lorraine Brown

 

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service received over 80 calls to incidents related to the recent heavy rainfall on Monday 24th September and Tuesday 25th September 2012.



The majority of the calls were received between 4 pm and 10 pm and were mainly in the West and North of the County.

A high percentage of the calls were within the Harrogate and Summerbridge area where a number of domestic and commercial properties were affected by flood water.

One Arch in Harrogate
One Arch in Harrogate by Sarah Threlfall

Crews assisted with pumping out numerous properties. A school at Summerbridge was affected by floodwater and fire service crews assisted by positioning sand bags to try and divert the water.

A number of incidents in the Richmond and Colburn areas and northern parts of the Yorkshire Dales were attended. These incidents involved the flooding of property and vehicles stranded in flood water.

Crews provided assistance to remove several cars from standing floodwater on the A1 where the river Swale intersects the A1 at Brompton on Swale. Five people had to be rescued from vehicles stranded in flood water in the Skeeby area and one person was rescued from a stranded vehicle at Whashton.



Richmond, Northallerton and Bedale crews are still dealing with 2 incidents in the Catterick Garrison area involving flooding to properties.

A large number of flood warnings remain in force across the whole of North Yorkshire and motorists are urged to take extra care while out on the roads. There are high levels of standing water on the roads, therefore motorists should avoid driving through any flood water and only make journeys if absolutely necessary until the weather conditions improve.

 


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