Rivers seem to be peaking in York at about the same level as last week. They are forecast to gradually decline over the next few days. A Red Flood Warning remains in place.
More information is available via this link https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/8208?direction=u
Less rainfall is expected today.
The weather has also impacted on other public services. We have reported several problems.
We see that local Councillors are taking up issues with minor flooding on roads and footpaths.
Today’s poor weather is likely to highlight where the main blockages are.
One resident has used https://www.fixmystreet.com/ to highlight a problem near Lidl.
In some cases the “ponding” results from blocked or damaged drainage gullies.
In others, the carriageway has sunk and more extensive repairs may be necessary.
The Council has allocated over £3.5 million for repairs to drainage channels over the next few years. . A Council report published last week said, “It is calculated that more than £8m of investment will be needed over 12 years to address all defective assets on a priority/needs based approach, and the funding included is based on two additional works gangs and materials”
It is not just gullies that are waterlogged.
Several off road paths – including those linking Acomb Wood, Acomb Moor and the Westfield Park off Grange Lane – are obstructed.
The local ward committee has a delegated budget which is available to address problems with cycle and pedestrian routes. We think it should use some of it to ensure that these paths remain usable in wet weather.
Whatever the issue, residents are strongly recommended to report problems to the Council. The sooner work gets into the forward programme the sooner issues will be resolved. https://www.york.gov.uk/reportproblems
Residents are being urged to report any accumulation of surface water to the York Council.
Today’s heavy rain has meant that several roads and footpaths are impeded by large puddles.
In some cases these may be the result of blocked gulleys
In other cases the cause may be a poorly aligned carriageway.
Either way, the Council needs to add any vulnerable locations to its future maintenance programmes.
Reports can be made on line via the “Report it” system. Click to accesshttps://www.york.gov.uk/reportproblems
Anyone for a shower?
There are still too many blocked drainage gullies in parts of York. This mornings rain demonstrated the scale of the problem with flooding at the bottom of Hamilton Drive East a particular hazard. There were similar if less spectacular problems on Nigel Grove and Foxwood Lane. All have been reported for attention
High winds have been blamed for he increase in litter seen today. Insecure recycling has been blown around many suburbs with the Council struggling to catch up on their collection schedules post New Year.
As well as the flooding the ongoing rainfall has revealed a number of drainage issues on local highways. With the first snow of winter now forecast, it is important to get local drainage systems working efficiently as quickly as possible.
As well as arranging special gully cleans, the York Council does have a small budget available to “dig out” drains which are permanently blocked.
It is important to record issues with the York Council using “on line” services such as “Fix My Street“. Dozens of issues have been reported using this service over the last 6 months. Their web site shows which issues have been dealt with and which are outstanding
A combination of accumulated leaves and inadequate routine cleaning of drainage gullies has resulted in quite a lot of localised ponding today.
Flooding occurred on part of Bellhouse Way.
It also became clear that a blocked drain in the housing area off Bellwood Drive – which was reported over a month ago – had still not been cleared.
We have reported both issues.
The Council has confirmed that it has reduced by nearly half the number of times that drainage gulleys are cleaned in the City.
There were approximately 20664 cleans last year compared to 38000 when the LibDems were in control of the Council.
The cuts are blamed by residents for increasing problems with ponding and flooding in some local streets.