Provisions in place to protect the city from flooding
The group is reassuring residents and businesses that provisions are in place should river levels rise. The group comprises of representatives from City of York Council, the Environment Agency, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Yorkshire Water, Northern Powergrid and the Army.
The group only meets when the River Ouse levels reach 4.2 meters above normal summer level (asl).
River levels are currently at 4.25 meters asl and are expected to peak at 4.3m asl today and will remain at these high levels throughout the week.
As a result of the high river levels Rowntree Park, St George’s Field Car Park and Millenium Bridge are all closed.
City of York Council has erected sandbag defences at Peckitt Street, Tower Gardens and Tower Place. The access bridge to City Mills Residential Home has also been erected.
Front line teams are on standby from all organisations to work round the clock if required to protect residents, tourists and keep York open for business.
The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation. The Environment Agency Floodline number is 0345 988 1188 or visit http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/31618.aspx