Flooding in York – Update report publised

A further report on plans to deal with flooding in York will be discussed at a Council meeting next week.

Funding has been allocated to the Environment Agency (EA) following the floods in 2015 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.

Following the development and publication of the York Five Year Plan (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/york-5-year-flood-plan) the EA have developed the Defra Strategic Outline Business Case and financial approvals have been sought and obtained from Defra.

The report does not provide an update on issues connected with Hob Moor back

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York Ouse river death – Body identified as Craig Batters

Police appeal for information

Police are appealing for information to help trace the movements of a man whose body was recovered from the River Ouse in York on New Year’s Day.

At 1.30pm on Sunday 1 January 2017, police were called by a member of the public reporting that they had seen a body in the river near Holly Terrace, York.

With the assistance of the Fire and Rescue Service, the body of a man was recovered from the water a short time later.

He has been identified as Craig Darren Batters, 42, of York.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have had contact with Craig between Friday 30 December 2016 and Sunday 1 January 2017 to get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting reference 12170000357.

Latest York Flood alert from the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has issued an update saying that flood levels could reach 4.5 metres by Monday afternoon.

They are not expected to reach 2012 levels.

The flood warnings for the River Ouse at York riverside properties and St George’s Field remain in force due to rising levels on the Ouse in response to rain in the upper catchments. The current river level at the York Viking Recorder is 3.62m or 11 feet 11 inches. We are expecting the River Ouse to rise during Sunday. Currently we expect the peak to be during Monday afternoon and evening at around 4.2m to 4.5m or 13 feet 9 inches to 14 feet 9 inches. Our Incident Response teams are on 24 hour duty. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this forecast as new information becomes available. 

Situation last changed 10:03am Sunday 06 December 2015

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Live York river level gauge here https://twitter.com/riverlevel_1900

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Serious flooding can be expected if the top of the no entry sign disappears underwater.



York river safety improvements announced

The York Council is to fund a further £50,000 of work to improve safety near the rivers that flow through the City.

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A range of river safety measures were recommended by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents  last year

Phase one of the work programme includes the introduction of new life buoys, post and chain fencing along the River Foss and improvements to river side tow paths.

Phase two of the work will see new ladders and chains installed to aid exit from the river and replacement post and chain fencing at Wellington Row and Kings Staith.