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Preparations continue ahead of Storm Dennis
With an unusual combination of high rainfall, snow melt and saturated ground, river levels are predicted to rise.
As a result, the council will be putting in place all flood defences along the Ouse over the next 24 hours.
Cllr Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for Climate at City of York Council, said:
“With significant rainfall and strong winds forecast this weekend, and the unpredictable levels of snow melt, we are closely monitoring the situation.
“We are as confident as we can be that our flood defences will protect those homes and businesses at risk. And we’re taking precautions to keep our fantastic city open so residents and businesses can enjoy all York has to offer, including this weekend’s Jorvik Viking festival.
“We are contacting individuals and communities along the Ouse identified as being at risk if river levels continue to rise as expected.
“We’re also closing some car parks to make sure that cars don’t get trapped in any flooding which occurs – but we’re opening up new spaces for visitors, coaches and of course residents in flood zones to move their cars.
“We ask that people continue to keep an eye out for the latest information and alerts from the environment agency, and look out on friends and neighbours who may need support. And above all, stay well away from the rivers and flood water.
“Huge thanks go to staff and key services who are working tirelessly to keep York safe.”
An amber rain warning is in place from the Met Office, meaning localised surface water could affect roads in the area. Residents are advised to check local travel advice, leave extra space for all types of vehicles and never drive through flood water.
For information on the Viking Festival – and other fantastic things to so in York in wet weather – visit www.visityork.gov.uk
Changes to parking
The council is also closing some car parks which are usually affected by flooding, and providing alternative parking elsewhere in the city.
Esplanades, Rowntree Park and St George’s Field car parks will be closed from today. Anyone already parked in the car parks can continue to park there but must remove their car by the end of the day.
Park and Ride sites remain the best option for day visitors, and the council is opening Moor Lane car park 24/7 primarily for coaches, which will be free of charge until St George’s field coach park is operational.
Coaches can continue to park in Union Terrace car park as normal.
Any residents in an area along an Ouse flood zone can move their cars into any of the remaining car parks or neighbouring resident parking zones, including businesses but must display their parking so they will not be charged.
Stay up-to-date with the latest storm information related to York at www.york.gov.uk/floods