Floods: More Misery For Victims Amid Warnings

Floods: More Misery For Victims Amid Warnings

People whose homes and businesses were hit by flooding in Yorkshire just a few weeks ago face more clean-ups after further floods.

About a dozen flood warnings have been issued across the region, the majority of which were in York and surrounding villages.

Many of the communities affected have been trying to get back on their feet after serious localised flooding in November.

The Environment Agency said around 70 flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken - were in force nationwide.

There were also around 100 flood alerts nationwide, warning residents to be on their guard as floods are expected.

The River Ouse in central York, which has flooded several times in the past few weeks, has spilled over its banks again and is more than 13ft (four metres) above its average summer level.

Groundwater levels are high in Berkshire, South Gloucestershire and parts of Lincolnshire and temporary flood defences remain in place along the Severn at several locations including Ironbridge and Upton.

In York, pumps were being used to clear water from pubs, restaurants, homes and hotels along its banks.

Many of the businesses hit were in the process of being renovated and have not been able to reopen since November's deluge.

Residents in several villages along the Ouse to the south of the city, including Fulford, Acaster Selby, Acaster Malbis and Naburn, were either flooded or cut off by standing water.

Valerie Brown, who has lived in the village of Acaster Malbis for 50 years, was mopping up dark brown floodwater and silt in her riverside cottage.

She said: "We were flooded at the end of October, at the end of November, on Christmas Eve it threatened - it came right on to the doorstep - and then again at New Year.

"It's been a different New Year. I can't recommend it. We hadn't got the house right again since the end of November because we were going to have the walls replastered. We haven't got that done.

"The ironic thing is we ordered floodgates. If we'd had them last night we'd have been fine."

An Environment Agency spokesman said: "Despite the improving weather conditions, there is a continued risk of localised flooding over the next few days as river and groundwater levels are still high."

Riverside communities along the Ouse in Yorkshire and Thames are among those at risk, the spokesman added.

The agency said areas that were worst-affected recently, including York's surrounding villages and Wargrave, Purley and Shiplake along the Thames, should experience an improvement in coming days as the water recedes.

The Met Office said drier weather is due for the remainder of this week and into the weekend, with less rain expected next week.

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