River Levels

Wednesday 20th January 2021

Update from Cllr. Keith Aspden 20th January 2021

Current river levels:

We are expecting persistent and heavy rain until early Thursday [21/01]. River levels are expected to rise significantly. Early forecasts indicate potential levels that will mean the road at Fordlands Road will flood.

Fordlands Road flood defences:

As a precaution, we have taken the decision to put in place flood defences, including pumps and sandbags today. The pumps will help protect properties on Fordlands Road, Fordlands Crescent and the A19. Sandbags are scheduled to be delivered to Fordlands Crescent for the properties at risk.

For residents of the Fordlands Road area, we are installing a scaffold walk way on the left hand side of the road entering Fordland’s road this evening (Wednesday 20th January). This will allow pedestrian access in and out of this location safely. Whilst the walk way is being constructed, a single lane will be maintained for vehicular access until the road is covered by flood water. We will then have to close the road to motorists in order to manage the risk of driving through the flood water (creating a wave effect) and affecting the temporary walk way. Access for emergency vehicles will be allowed at all times. This new solution is being put in place, as we unfortunately cannot use 4x4 vehicle deployed last year during Storm Dennis, due to current national legislation regarding Covid and to keep the community safe.

We would like to thank the local farmer, who has agreed to open the gate to also provide local residents with additional temporary access around the flood water.

If you need urgent and essential use of your vehicle, you may wish to consider moving your car. The bridge will be taken down as soon as the flood water subsides and in line with Environment Agency predictions.

In addition to this should anyone need access to food, medicine or any other support, you can contactcovid19help@york.gov.ukor telephone 01904 551550 and the council will provide this support directly to you.

As we have seen with previous flooding, when River Ouse levels rise significantly, flood water levels on both sides of the A19 rise and can flood Fordlands Road. The council has not and would not pump water to harm Fordlands Road or Fordlands Crescent.