Last Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012

York Flooding 2012: The worst flooding in 12 years on the River Ouse


Disaster Report: The worst flooding in 12 years on the River Ouse affects York, England.
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An aerial view showing flood water from the River Ouse in York, North Yorkshire

-York is suffering one of its worst ever floods, with the River Ouse at its second highest level.
- The water level peaked in York at 5.06m above the normal level. It is further expected to peak mid-morning in Cawood and Selby.
-Floods affects riverside roads at Acaster Malbis and Nether Poppleton , the route to Naburn from York, Terry Avenue and Fordlands Road. The transport network across North Yorkshire has been badly affected by flooding.
-York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England.

Yorkshire Water have issued the following statement: "A massive effort is currently underway in York, working alongside the council, the Environment Agency and the emergency services, to do what we can to reduce flooding in the city. The River Ouse has risen significantly overnight and it now stands at over 5 metres above normal levels.
"We are seeing river water getting into our sewer network and overloading it, which is causing it to surcharge at Leeman Road and Jubilee Street.
"Working alongside the fire service, we currently have mobile pumps in operation to try and reduce the overloading of our sewer network and all of our pumping stations are operational and working at full capacity to pump the waters up for treatment. More mobile pumps are being brought in this morning to further support ongoing efforts.
"However, the most important factor in all this remains the exceptionally high level of the River Ouse, so obviously as that starts to subside, we would expect the situation regarding our local sewer network to improve dramatically.
"It’s important to stress that a great deal of work has gone into ensuring we were prepared for this rainfall.
"We sandbagged our key pumping stations and sewage works, not just in York, but across the region, to help protect them from any flooding, in order to ensure no vital operations were hindered or interrupted.
"As part of a coordinated approach with The City Of York Council, we identified customers who historically have been at risk from flooding and provided them where possible with sandbags as an extra line of defence.
"We’ll continue to work incredibly hard, and do everything we can to reduce flooding and the risk of further flooding in the city, as well as helping those people who have been flooded."
Below is a photo of a man carrying a friend through floodwater as the swell of the River Ouse flows through the city of York (Source globalnews).

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Below is a widely-viewed BBC video footage of surfing instructor Oli Barrett being towed along a flooded road on a body board in West Yorkshire.



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