LiveLive: Floods aftermath - Friday September 28

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This live event has finished


  • As the clean up after Tuesday's floods goes on - some roads in the North-East and North Yorkshire are still blocked.


We're no longer blogging on the floods. Thanks to all who kept us updated. For further updates see our live traffic and travel feed or news reports.





North Yorkshire County Council have issued this set of guidelines for clearing up after a flood:

There are a number of things to be aware of when clearing up after a flood.

1.  Flood water can contain sewage, chemicals and animal waste. Always wear:
waterproof outerwear, including gloves; wellington boots; face mask.

2. If you find animal carcasses on your land after the floods have receded you can contact the County Council's dedicated animal health and welfare helpline 0845 3301221.

3.  If your electricity supply is not already switched off at the mains, get a qualified person to do this. DO NOT touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water.

4.  If you have gas or oil central heating and it has been checked by an engineer, turn it on. Keep the thermostat between 20-22 degrees centigrade for steady drying.

5.  You can get water out of your property using a pump and generator. Position the generator outside in the open air as generators produce carbon monoxide fumes which can kill.

6.  Only pump out water when flood levels outside your property start to be lower than inside. This reduces the risk of structural damage.

7.  Shovel mud away evenly from both sides of a wall. This stops pressure building up on one side.

8.  You can clean and disinfect your property using ordinary household products.

9.  A garden hose is useful for washing down. Do not use high-pressure hoses as they blast contaminated matter into the air.

10.  If you are drying your property naturally, keep doors and windows open as much as possible. If using dehumidifiers, close external doors and windows.

11.  Contact your council about skips and extra rubbish collections for items that your insurance company has agreed you can throw away.

12. If you need building work undertaken post-flood try to avoid cold callers. Try to get three quotes for any job and take time if possible to consider the quotes.

Try to consult friends or family for recommendations about builders. 

The County Council's trading standards team has worked with Trustmark to provide local lists of approved builders. You can also call Trustmark on 01344 630804.

13. If you have complaints about standards of building work or are worried about cold callers, contact the Citizen's Advice helpline 08454 040506





A concert of military music, which had been scheduled to take place at Bradford Armoury, in Neasham Road, Darlington, on Tuesday, has been cancelled.

Organisers say brass band members had been unable to rehearse for the concert, after being held up on Tuesday this week, at the peak of the flooding problems.






Workers clear flood water from A1 before it fully reopened at 5.45am this morning.













Environment Agency report on River Ouse:

The river level at Viking Recorder is 4.76 metres.
This measurement was recorded at 06:00 on 28/09/2012.
The typical river level range for this location is between 0.05 metres and 1.90 metres.
The highest river level recorded at this location is 5.40 metres and the river level reached 4.47 metres on 23/01/2008.


A1 UPDATE: Highways Agency report all lanes of A1 now open. Lane one northbound, the last remaining lane to be cleared, opened at 5.45am.





Latest road closures update from North Yorkshire County Council (Thursday, September 27, 5pm)

Richmond area

  • B6274  -  Gilling West - Road closed.
  • A167  -  Travel With Care  -  Traffic Control At Croft Railway Bridge
  • B1263 Scorton To Atley Hill  - Road closed.
  • C31 Arrathorne Tank Road  -  Passable with care
  • C1  Just East Of Moulton - Road closed.
  • Unc Richmond To Marske  -  Passable with care
  • A684 West Of Aysgarth  -  Damaged Road, Traffic Lights
  • A6108 Bellerby To Leyburn  -  Passable with care

Thirsk area


  • Morton On Swale Bridge - Road closed.
  • Newby Wiske Warlaby Crossroads - Road closed.
  • Kirby Wiske - Road closed.
  • Linton Road Bridge Newton On Ouse - Road closed.
  • C87 Thornton Bridge Helperby - Road closed.
  • South Of Tollerton Ella Bridge - Road closed.
  • Overton Lane Railway Bridge - Road closed.
  • C159 From Thrintoft Village To Great Langton To The Junction With The U2186 Carriage Drive - Road closed.
  • Skipton On Swale Bridge - Road closed.
  • A167 At The A168 Overbridge Topcliffe To Gallowsgreen Junction - Road closed.
  • Pickhill And Sinderby Villages Severe Flooding - Road closed.
  • C100 Tollerton Road, Newton On Ouse - Road closed.

Boroughbridge area

  • Cattal village - Hunsingore Road into Cattal from Tockwith - Road closed.
  • Bishop Monkton to Roecliffe - C263 Low Road - Road closed.
  • C233 Ripon end of Dishforth Road, Sharrow - Road closed.
  • Thornton Bridge from Cundall to Helperby - Road closed.
  • B6265 junction of Bridge Hewick to Copt Hewick - Road closed.
  • Park Road, Topcliffe - Road closed.
  • A59 York to Harrogate - One lane only - passable with care.
  • B1224 Bickerton to Boundary - passable with care.
  • B6265 Ripon to Boroughbridge this road is now open again.
  • C273 North Deighton to Spofforth this road is now open again.
  • C45 Fearby Road, Masham this road is now open again.

Selby area


  • Intake Lane - Beal - road closed.
  • Sir Johns Lane Sherburn in Elmet - passable with care.
  • Ramparts - Bolton Percy - road closed.
  • Bridge Street in Tadcaster - road closed.
  • Commercial Street in Tadcaster - road closed.
  • The River Wharf in Tadcaster is very high.
  • Mill Lane in Stutton is flooded - road closed.
  • B1223 Kirby Wharf to Church Fenton - road closed.
  • River Bridge in Tadcaster is closed in both directions no pedestrians or vehicles can cross.
  • Newton Lane, Fairburn Ings - road closed.
  • C289 Bolton Percy cricket field to Horington Bridge - road closed.
  • Cawood Bridge is now closed.
  • C310 Kelfield to Cawood - road closed.
  • Marsh Lane, Cawood - road closed.
  • B1223 Cawood to Ulleskelf - road closed in various locations.

Kirkbymoorside and localities


  • Buttercrambe Bridge: closed;
  • Balloon Tree Lane, Gate Helmsley: closed
  • Butterwick - Barton le Street to Brawby in Brawby Village: closed;
  • Normanby to Salton - closed.


Click here for information about road closures in York



25 flood warnings, 14 flood alerts for the North-East. Click here for more information from the Environment Agency


A690 Durham Road Westbound closed due to emergency repairs and subsidence from A19 Roundabout (Stony Gate) to A182 Hillside Way (The Houghton Cut). The Durham-bound carriageway has been closed since Tuesday. It is hoped one lane may re-open by Friday evening. A number of buses are diverting. Diversion: Via the A19 Northbound, A183 Chester Road to Shiney Row and A182 to Houghton-le-Spring


A168 Topcliffe  »
Entry slip road closed and exit slip road closed due to flooding - should be open soon


A684 Ainderby Road (Morton-On-Swale Bridge) both ways closed due to flooding between A167 Boroughbridge Road and Green Hills Lane. Heading between Leeming Bar and Romanby. Traffic is coping well. Police have reportedly stated that the road could be closed until at least lunchtime.


Darlington and Stockton Times: York flooding


toll_1_am: Lots of flood tourists here in York


Darlington and Stockton Times: Flooding York Cawood


Cawood, near York






Although levels have now peaked and the waters are receding, according to the Environment Agency areas still affected areas this morning are:


River Aire at Hensall including the area bounded by Dovecote Gardens, Orchard Way and Finkel Street. Also including Station Road and Field Lane.

River Ouse at York 

River Swale at Helperby & Kirby Wiske

River Derwent at Scalby, Old Malton and Norton, Pocklington and Elvington

However warning for the River Tees incl the Teesdale Way fotpath at Croft & tributaries from Low Moor Farm to the Tees barrage in Stockton are no longer in force.

For more details see





The Environment Agency still has 25 flood warnings and 14 flood alerts in force in the North-East and North Yorkshire.



Bishopton Road (Browns Bridge) in Stockton closed at the Newtown Avenue junction, because of flooding.


Good morning, welcome to The Northern Echo's live floods coverage on Friday, September 28.

If you have any updates or news, please email or tweet with the hashtag #echofloods


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