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Storm Ciara: Police respond to floods, fallen trees, stuck cars, escaped cows and a shed in the road

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Police across North Yorkshire have been keeping people safe as gale force winds and heavy rain caused incidents throughout the county today.

Staff in the Force Control Room have taken a high number of calls due to Storm Ciara, including flooded roads, trapped motorists, fallen trees, escaped livestock and even a shed that had blown onto a road and blocked it.

Some of the reports received by North Yorkshire Police since midnight include:

  • Flooding the A658 between Huby and Harrogate, which was passable but had a lot on standing water on it
  • A fallen tree blocking the road in Great Barugh in Ryedale
  • A cow that had wandered onto the A59 near Harrogate, probably after fencing was damaged. It was unharmed and happily grazing on the grass verge when police were notified
  • A coastal flood warning due to high tides and large waves on Scarborough Foreshore and Sandside
  • Several false alarms across the county, which were likely to have been activated by high winds or debris
  • One lane of the A64 westbound near Scampston blocked by a fallen tree
  • A shed that had blown across Station Avenue in Filey, blocking the road
  • Local roads around Swinney Beck, Masham, affected by flooding, including Leyburn Road. Police were monitoring the situation and officers on the ground managed traffic flow
  • River Ribble flooding in Settle, affecting nearby roads
  • A vehicle stuck in water on Keighley Road, Skipton. The driver managed to get out of the vehicle before officers arrived
  • A tree that had blown down and was laying across Malsis Road, Glusburn, near Skipton
  • Dam Lane was blocked in Saxton near Selby after a tree blew over
  • A vehicle stuck on the route between Carelton and Skipton after the road became flooded
  • Standing water on the A64 near Fulford, which slowed drivers down but remained passable
  • A tree that had blown over and was blocking a rural road near Fewston, near Harrogate
  • Some callers used the what3words app, which helps emergency services find your location by generating three words that match a map reference.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said:

No corner of the county has escaped today’s bad weather, and our Force Control Room and frontline officers have dealt with a large range and high volume of weather-related incidents.

We’re working closely with other organisations including North Yorkshire’s Highways team to keep routes as clear as possible and divert motorists if absolutely necessary.

If you see a diversion, remember it’s there for your safety.

If a road is flooded or closed, please don’t be tempted to chance it – it won’t save you any time and it could be a costly mistake.


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