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Flooding Update

28th December 2015

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service continue to respond to flooding incidents around the county and in the City of York with the majority of these, today, being in Tadcaster, Malton and York.

We are being supported by other Services including the use of High Volume Pumps from Tyne and Wear, Durham and Darlington and Nottingham fire and rescue services and water rescue teams with power boats from Merseyside, Northampton, Merseyside, Norfolk, South Worcester, Northumberland, Humberside, Durham, Lincolnshire and Tyne&Wear fire and rescue services.

Additionally a number of mountain rescue teams are assisting in York, along with North Yorkshire Police, the Army and the Environment Agency.

Some of the key work we have undertaken includes:

  • The High Volume Pump from Harrogate was used at the Northern Power Melrosegate Electrical Sub Station (York) in order to keep it in operation. This saved power being cut to 55,000 customers.
  • Technical Water Rescue teams wearing breathing apparatus have entered the flooded basement of the Foss Flood Barrier in order to retrieve the electrical cabling from the pumps to facilitate them being connected to temporary generators on the surface. This work is ongoing.
  • We have worked with both Northern Power and Yorkshire Water to ensure that plans are in place in the event of their key sites being impacted by the adverse weather.

This afternoon some of these teams will be visiting the most flooded streets within York to check on the welfare of those persons that have remained in their houses and ensuring no more persons have become vulnerable.

If you are in an affected area and are in need of rescue/evacuation then please call us on 999.                                                                                                                                         

We would ask that people do not drive through flood water even if there is no road closed signs in place. If you do not know deep the water is don’t take the risk; 60cm of standing water or 30cm of flowing water could be enough to float your car.

Flood warning information can be found at, by following @EnvAgencyYNE and #floodaware on Twitter or by calling Floodline on 0345  9881188.

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