Press release from East Riding Council to all Councillors and residents, for circulation.
Working alongside its partners, including the Environment Agency, Humberside Police and Humberside Fire & Rescue, East Riding of Yorkshire Council is responding to a number of incidents of localised flooding across the East Riding, with heavy rain continuing to fall.
There are currently five flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, in place in the East Riding at:
· The Lower River Derwent.
· River Foulness and Market Weighton Catchment.
· Holderness Drain.
· Burstwick and Keyingham.
· South East Holderness.
There are also two flood warnings, flooding is expected, in place at:
· North Cave Beck and North Cave.
· Patrington Haven.
There are a number of road closures across the East Riding as a result of standing water on the carriageway, including:
· B1230 at Walkington Heads
· Great Gutter Lane, Swanland
· the A63 Melton roundabout – both slip roads
· the A63 between South Cave and North Ferriby
· the A1079, from Kingswood to Killingwoldgraves roundabout and the slip roads onto Jock’s Lodge on the A164
· the A1035 northern bypass, near Beverley
· Driffield Road, near Beverley
· and Ellerker Lane.
Drivers are advised to take extra care when out on the roads and should drive to the conditions, allowing extra time for their journey. Where possible, it is strongly advised not to travel.
The council has deployed pumps to several locations and has staff and equipment on standby at its depots ready to deploy to affected areas. Sandbags will be targeted to locations where flooding is most likely and will not be issued on a general basis.
Ahead of the inclement weather, the council cleared roadside drains across the area, but, where these may have become blocked, residents are asked to advise the council of the locations and teams will be deployed to clear these again to allow rain water to drain.
Yvonne Rhodes, head of business management and commissioning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “With heavy rain expected to continue into the night – forecasts indicate the worst of this will clear the East Riding by around 9pm – the council has operations taking place across the area in response to the challenging weather conditions.
“We have seen a number of road closures due to standing water and a number of flood alerts and flood warnings remain in place.
“The council will continue its operations into the night in order to support residents and communities.
“It is strongly advised that people not travel, if possible. Where they must, they are advised to drive to the conditions and allow extra time for their journey.
“Residents with elderly or vulnerable relatives and neighbours are asked to check that they are okay and if they are concerned to contact the council or the emergency services.”
For further information and advice about flooding, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/living/emergencies/preparing-for-emergencies/flooding/
In an emergency, residents can contact the council on (01482) 393939.