Residents and businesses in York are invited to drop-in sessions in their local neighbourhoods to discuss recent flooding events.
As the city continues the clean-up operation following the rise in river levels caused by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, local residents and businesses are encouraged to share their feedback and experiences of recent events to help the council build upon the city’s resilience and improve local preparedness for the future.
Representatives from Emergency Planning, the Flood Risk Management Team, Community Involvement Officers and Councillors will be among those representing the council at the events across the city.
The upcoming drop-in sessions will be held in the following venues:
Fishergate: 11 March | Christian Science Church, YO10 4DE | 6-8pm
Tower Gardens and King’s Staith: 16 March | Quaker Meeting House, YO1 9RL | 5-7pm
Naburn: 17 March | Naburn Village Hall, YO19 4RS | 5-7pm
Fulford: 18 March | Fulford School (Main Hall), YO10 4FY | 5-7 pm (Presentation by the Environment Agency about Fordlands Road area at 6pm)
Skeldergate and Clementhorpe: 23 March | Southlands Methodist Church, YO23 1NX| 5-7pm
Acaster Malbis: 24 March | Acaster Malbis Village Hall, YO23 2TR | 5 -7pm
Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said;
“I look forward to meeting residents and business owners across the city so we can listen and learn from the recent flood events.
“This is a great opportunity to share with us what you thought worked, how we can improve protecting the city, or the best way we can keep you up to date with the latest information.
“We recognise different areas have very different experiences and concerns, so we are holding drop-ins at key locations across the city so local residents can share their local and specific concerns.
“Thank you to all the residents and businesses who have already shared their positive encouragement and useful feedback with us.”
Across the three week period of high river levels the council had:
- crews focusing on community areas to start the clean-up operation – crews have washed down areas using sanitising disinfectant where appropriate
- dealt with over 60 dangerous or storm damaged trees since Storm Ciara
- deployed over 6,000 sandbags and 200 one-tonne sandbags across the city to help protect the most vulnerable properties.
- installed around 25 pumps to clear water across the city
- recycled any plastic sandbags. Contaminated sandbags will be disposed of through our contaminated waste removal. Sand will be reused at the council depot
- cleared over 300 gullies, swept roads and cleared drains.
- tankers were on standby for any surface water flooding incidents that occurred
- regularly updated the www.york.gov.uk/flood page to share the latest updates and advice