Due to heavy rain, St George’s Fields Car Park in York, located between the Rivers Ouse and Foss, is closed today. The low-lying car park is one of the first areas in the city center to flood during such weather conditions.
A large sign reading “Car Park Closed Flooding” has been placed at the entrance, with bollards blocking access.
Despite the closure, some drivers have been ignoring the sign and bollards, choosing to park their cars in the flooded area. When asked, these drivers mentioned their difficulty in finding alternative parking spaces and expressed surprise at the risk of flooding.
The majority of the car park remains empty, while other car parks in the city are experiencing congestion as people flock to York for post-Christmas sales. Long queues have formed outside car parks, and the Inner Ring Road is heavily congested in both directions.
The Environment Agency has issued a warning for flooding in properties on King’s Staith in York and riverside areas from Lendal Bridge to Millennium Bridge. They predict a peak of 3.85 m or 12ft 7ins at lunchtime tomorrow in York city center.