East Riding of Yorkshire Council staff on standby as flood fears continue

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Staff and equipment from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council remain on standby across the East Riding following the prolonged spells of rain that have fallen over the weekend, with further rain forecast over the course of the day.

While the picture in the area is that of improvement, the council has closed a number of roads in the area, including part of the A614 near Bainton, due to surface water standing on the carriageway and is advising motorists to drive with care.

Pumping equipment is in operation in Stamford Bridge, where a flood warning is in place at the River Derwent, and at Pasture Terrace, Beverley, where the council is working alongside partner agencies, including the Environment Agency, Humberside Fire and Rescue and Yorkshire Water.

John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council has diverted staff and equipment from other areas of operation to ensure that we can respond to reports of flooding and to assist our residents.

“Forecasts are estimating that between 10mm of rain is likely to fall between now and 8am tomorrow morning and, while the picture is improving, the council has vehicles and equipment on standby and the fleet of gully tankers will be deployed, where required, in the event of localised flooding.

“Sandbags will be deployed on the highway where there is a perceived risk, on banks or locations that will help with the passage or route of water.

“The deployment of sandbags will be targeted by operational teams to areas that are worst affected and where properties and the vulnerable are at risk and will not be issued on a general basis.

“Trash screens will also continue to be checked by drainage engineers and contractors and debris removed.”

For further information about flood warnings in the area, visit www.environment-agency.co.uk