The St George’s Fields Car Park, located between the Rivers Ouse and Foss, was closed due to flooding caused by yesterday’s rain. The low-lying area is often one of the first parts of the city center to flood. A large sign with the message “Car Park Closed Flooding” was placed at the entrance, and bollards were used to block the way in. However, despite the clear indication of closure, many drivers ignored the sign and bollards, entering the car park and parking their cars.
When interviewed, the drivers mentioned that they had difficulty finding parking elsewhere and were unaware of the risk of their cars getting flooded. Most of the cars parked in the lot belonged to non-local visitors. On the other hand, other car parks in different parts of the city were filled to capacity, with long queues forming outside as people flocked to York for post-Christmas sales. The Inner Ring Road experienced heavy traffic in both directions.
Meanwhile, the Environment Agency issued a warning of potential flooding in specific areas of York, including properties on King’s Staith and riverside areas from Lendal Bridge to Millennium Bridge. The warning was issued at 11:48 AM.