Flood update ahead of the weekend
Fri, 15 Nov 2019

As well as continuing its flood recovery operations, East Riding of Yorkshire Council is preparing for any wet weather over the weekend.

Contingency plans are now in place for the weekend and the council will have staff and equipment on standby at its depots, ready to deploy.

Presently, the Met Office is forecasting dry spells during the day today (Friday, 15 November) and tomorrow (Saturday, 16 November), with showers overnight that could see between 2-5mm of rain.

The council is closely monitoring a band of rain forecast for Saturday night into Sunday (17 November), with the Met Office forecasting between 10-15mm of rain falling in places.

With river levels high and the groundwater level saturated, localised flooding may occur over the weekend.

Flood alerts and flood warnings remain in place across the East Riding. Details can be found at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings

Information and advice about what you can do to prepare for flooding, can be found at www.eastriding.gov.uk/living/emergencies/preparing-for-emergencies/flooding/

Paul Abbott, head of housing, transportation and public protection at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council has received reports of 31 properties across the East Riding that have flooded and nine recovery teams are out supporting residents in Swinefleet, Beverley, Cottingham, Anlaby and Anlaby Common, Woodmansey, Everthorpe, North Cave, South Cave, Lockington, Cranswick, Beeford, Elloughton, Brough, Preston, Hornsea, Seaton and Long Riston.

“Our officers are checking that residents have contacted insurance companies and are arranging any additional support the council can provide – including free collection of any bulky water damaged items.

“Highways officers are patrolling the East Riding and, where possible, road closures are being lifted. Pumping operations are continuing in Hedon and in Sykehouse on the East Riding/Doncaster border.”

The council’s highways teams are out and about across the East Riding clearing drains of leaves and debris.

Ahead of any further rain, the council would like to remind residents that the deployment of sandbags is done depending on the scale of the flooding and prioritised to prevent loss of life or serious injury, to prevent flooding from watercourses, maintain access for emergency services, protection of the primary highway network, protection of vital utilities and pumping stations and the protection of schools and care homes.

Where homes have internal flooding, residents can contact the council on (01482) 393939 for assistance.


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