Heavy rain in northern England has led to rivers breaking their banks in parts of Yorkshire and Lancashire, leaving roads closed and motorists stranded.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said on 01 November:
“Throughout the evening crews from Hawes, Reeth, Leyburn, Colburn, Bentham, Settle, Skipton, Lofthouse, Grassington and Richmond have worked tirelessly through the night to respond to multiple reports of flooding across the Western areas of the county.”
Fire and rescue services in Richmond, North Yorkshire, rescued 9 people trapped in 6 vehicles stranded in flood water Appersett on 01 November.
At nearby Bainbridge, the Ure river reached record levels, jumping from 0.92 metres to 4.07 metres in the space of 7 hours to early 02 November.
On 02 November rescue teams were called out to rescue drivers trapped in vehicles in Denton, Morton on Swale, Skipton, Cattal, Carleton and Ripon.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service reported some homes were flooded in Grinton and Masham, where the Ure River jumped to a record high of 3.57 metres, above the minor flood stage of 2.8 metres
In neighbouring Lancashire, flooding affected Lancaster and several villages in the Ribble Valley including Waddington, Sawley and Chipping.
Ribble Valley Police said: “We are receiving an increasing volume of calls in relation to the flooding in the Ribble Valley Area. It is recommended that people avoid the areas of Chipping, Waddington and Sawley, due to high levels of flooding as conditions are currently dangerous. Highways have a number of road closures in place and caution is advised if you have to make essential travel.”
High winds and heavy rain brought by Storm Aiden moved across the UK from 31 October, according to the UK’s Met Office.
As of 03 November, 22 flood warnings were in place in England, mostly in areas of Yorkshire where levels of the Ure, Swale, Aire and Ouse rivers remain high.
This morning at #Wensley. 5 cars and a lorry that had driven into #floodwater. We rescued 9 people using boats! Please don’t drive through floodwater! @NorthYorksFire pic.twitter.com/0CgCCdWkIv
— Richmond Fire Station (@NYFRS_Richmond) November 2, 2020
This was the scene on the A684 at Morton-on-Swale earlier today.
🌊 When the roads are closed, it’s for a good reason! Don’t drive through flood water or road closed signs – they are there for your safety. 🌊
Remember to check for #floodaware updates before you set off. pic.twitter.com/kbaIXu6JxE
— North Yorkshire Police (@NYorksPolice) November 2, 2020