River Ouse in York faces six flood warnings with impending rain
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River Ouse in York faces six flood warnings with impending rain

The area of Fulford and Fordlands Road is expected to be most affected by the flooding.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for York due to river levels being more than twice their normal levels and an anticipation of more rain.

Multiple flood warnings have been put in place by The Environment Agency on the River Ouse before 8am this morning (Friday, December 29) due to Storm Gerrit.

Additionally, two flood alerts for possible flooding on the River Ouse have also been issued by the agency.

Tower Gardens in York city centre today (December 29) Image: Darren Greenwood

Areas with Flood Warnings

The warnings are for several parts along the River Ouse and specific areas with rising river levels, including Fulford, Blue Bridge Lane, A64, Fordlands Road, and Naburn Lock Buildings.

The Viking Recorder at 9.30am has registered a level of 4.06 metres on the River Ouse in York, which is more than double the usual range.

The Foss Barrier in York is currently in operation and recorded a level of 8.92 metres at 9.45am this morning, which is over a metre above the normal range.

Today’s Met Office weather forecast for York includes ‘light showers in the afternoon’.

City of York Council has announced the closure of Rowntree Par, the Esplanade Car Park, and St George’s Field Car Park due to high river levels.

The Environment Agency advises considering activating flood protection products, avoiding low-lying footpaths and bridges near watercourses, and not attempting to walk, cycle, or drive through water.