River levels are expected at roughly midnight tonight in the region of between 4.5m and 4.7m on the River Ouse.
This forecast has come from the Environment Agency who have also confirmed that whilst river levels will be extremely high, they won’t come close to the unprecedented levels reached during the great floods of 2000.
A spokesperson from the agency has confirmed that flood defences of up to 5.5m are already in place, providing sufficient protection to contain the maximum levels of flooding predicted for tonight.
The figures below show the peak level of this years flood, compared with the peak levels of flooding in York’s recent history.
The floods of 2000 which hit 5.4m as stated in the figures were the worst to hit York in 400 years as reported by The Guardian at the time.
PEAK FLOODING LEVELS FOR THE RIVER OUSE IN YORK (Source: Environment Agency)
2000: 5.2 and 5.4 metres
2008: 4.4m (highest)
2012 (currently): 4.56 metres,
2012 Peak: 4.5 metres to 4.7 metres
Following yesterday’s increased flooding, water levels have unsurprisingly continued to increase as a result of the high level of rainfall over the last twenty-four hours.
As of 5:00pm, the Environment Agency have posted 33 flood warnings that are currently in place for the Yorkshire and North West region. The most prominent flood warnings in the centre of York include Skeltergate, St George’s Car Park and Rowntree Park.
37 flood alerts are also currently displayed on the agency’s website, concerning areas including the Upper River Ouse.
Several businesses in York have been severely affected by the floods in a list that include The King’s Arms pub, The York Dungeons and The King’s Ransom Indian Restaurant.
Business-owners and employees today spoke about their own experiences dealing with the floods.
Mohsin Kahn, the manager of the Kings Ransom Indian Restaurant located on Kings Road has said his own home has been flooded let alone his business.
Kahn said “We have to pay council tax and rent. We can’t really do anything. It’s very bad for business.
“Water came to the front of my door two days ago. The City council are not helping us.
“12 years ago (in the flooding of 2000) the water closed down the business for two months. The situation is even worse now than it was was then “.
Helena Tallick, Assistant Manager of the Rowntree Park Reading Café has seen her business suddenly surrounded by ducks and a river, lending it’s outdoor seating area an unusually Venitian feel.
Tallick said “As long as it doesn’t come up to our access point, we’ll be fine.
“I’ve seen the infamous 2000 floods so I know what it is like.
“We anticipate staying open and we’re still here to provide a unique service”.
Faring slightly worse, high profile tourist destination The York Dungeons are currently closed, but the attraction’s manager confirmed this afternoon that they will be back open as soon as possible. Customers who purchased tickets for today are advised to call 01904 632 599.
ROAD CLOSURES (Source: City of York Council)
The following roads in York are closed or restricted (September 26):
• A19 (Germany Beck) with diversions on Heslington lane/A64
• Monks Cross Link Road
• Acaster Malbis (riverside road)
• Nether Poppleton (riverside road)
• Naburn at Howden Lane
• Terry Avenue
• St George’s Field Car Park
• Esplanade Car Park
• Huntington Road (restricted access)
• Tower Street (inbound access to Clifford Street closed)
Listed below are a related links list located below for news of flood warnings, road closures and train departure times.
If you have any experiences of the floods, please email our flood correspondent, Daniel Birch at email@example.com.