UK Faces Holiday Floods

The River Ouse in York overflowed yesterday, flooding parts of York city centre. Heavy rainfall in the region, especially in the surrounding higher ground, led to a rapid rise in river levels. The River Ouse famously flooded in 2007 and again in 2012.

floods in Yorkshire
River Ouse – City of York Floods in 2007

Meanwhile the UK is again bracing for further storms and flooding after “Storm Emily” last week, and earlier this month, the tidal surge floods along the coast brought by “Storm Xaver”.

The expected storm is likely to bring heavy rainfall and the possibility of floods. Northern areas can expect extreme cold. Strong winds of up to 100 mph are likely across the country.

The Environment Agency have currently issued 73 flood alerts (lowest level) mostly for the south east and south west of England. There are also currently 6 flood warnings in place:

  • Naburn, Yorkshire (near York)
  • Keswick (Lake Dsitrict)
  • Barcombe, Sussex
  • Chiswell, Lyme Regis and Bridport in Dorset

For more about flood alerts and warnings in England and wales, see the Environment Agency website here. For flood warnings in Scotland, see the SEPA website.