North Yorkshire Police have advised motorists not to travel unnecessarily while a number of roads remain closed across the county due to flooding.
Some roads are badly affected by the persistent rain and people in those areas will find many routes completely blocked.
- The A1 is closed between junction 49 at the A168 and Catterick and traffic is being diverted onto the A19. There also delays on the A1 at Marne Barracks.
- There is no indication when the A1 will be reopened at this time.
Other roads/areas affected
- The road into Richmond is flooded.
- Tunstall Bridge is flooded.
- The B6271 between Brompton-on-Swale and Richmond is flooding.
- The A689 at Crakehall is flooded.
- The A684 at Morton on Swale is flooded.
- The A61 at Skipton on Swale is passable with care.
- Gilling West village is flooded.
- Bellerby is flooded.
- The A684 at Aysgarth is flooded.
- The bridge over the River Swale at Scotton is closed.
- The A66 is flooded at the Fox Inn.
- The road into Newton-le-Willows is closed due to flooding.
- The road from Leyburn to Catterick Garrison is closed due to flooding.
- The iron Bridge at Great Langton is flooded.
- Catterick Village is flooded.
- Croft on Tees is flooded.
North Yorkshire Fire Service
In the 24 hours to 1430 today (25th September) North Yorkshire Fire Service had received over 270 calls, and for several hours were dealing with over 50 incidents and had 73 incidents queued waiting for fire crews to be assigned to them.
Due to this large number of calls they requested support from neighbouring Fire Services including Cleveland, Lancashire and Cumbria.
As a large number of the calls they were receiving were in the north western part of the county they had crews a long way from their normal patch for example; fire crews from Selby attended incidents in the Richmond area and Whitby crews attended incidents in the Colburn area. One crew called out at 1930 yesterday weren’t relieved until 1330 today, due to being committed at incidents.
In order to help us manage these incidents they set up command centres in the following locations
Some of the most notable incidents we’ve attended include:-
- Dozens of cars were stranded in flood water and we moved some to safe areas
- Over 20 people rescued or assisted from cars stuck in flood water including 2 men in a refuse lorry that had become stranded.
- There was a report of a person seen in the river at Catterick, we worked with the Police, Mountain Rescue and Cleveland Air Support helicopter but did not locate anyone. It is now believed that a yellow floatation ring may have been mistaken for a person.
- Corn dryer on fire in Barton, we used Aerial Ladder Platform from Middlesbrough as Harrogate crew committed at other incidents.
They also had logistical issues to deal with such as having to arrange for fuel to be delivered to incidents to replenish fire engines and pumps, or making arrangements for the fire engines to be relieved to go and refuel.
They also called in extra control operators last night to help deal with the volume of calls.