It is the time of year when drainage ditches and becks can become overgrown. When water volumes are generally low, it is important that the opportunity is taken to clear vegetation and debris from the channels.
That is particularly challenging at present because of coronavirus restrictions.
We were pleased to see that local Councillor Andrew Waller is pressing the Marston Moor IDB to ensure that maintenance work continues.
Failure to do so could lead to flooding when wet weather returns.
It looks like work could start in March on works aimed at reducing flood risk near Westfield (Hob Moor) beck.
The Environment Agency has today published an update report on its planned works.
The report is the latest response to flooding in late December 2015 followed an intense period of rainfall across November and December due to the impacts of Storms Desmond and Eva. Record river levels were observed in many river catchments across the north of England. More than 4000 homes and 2000 businesses flooded across Yorkshire with 453 properties and 174 businesses flooded in York.
Funding has been allocated to the Environment Agency (EA) following the floods to renew existing and provide new flood defences across the city, £17m has been allocated to the Foss Barrier improvements and £45m to the wider flood defences across the city.
The report will be discussed by the Council at a meeting taking place on 4th December