Flooding fears after heavy rain strikes area once again

Major flooding once again threatened to hit our area this week as torrential rain fell on already saturated ground and rivers.

The Environment Agency warned residents and business owners in Pocklington of the potential for flooding as overnight rainfall poured into the high-flowing beck on Sunday night and Wednesday morning.

Pocklington was not the only place braced for flooding problems as the Environment Agency issued a flood warning for the lower River Derwent at Stamford Bridge and flood alert for the River Foulness and Market Weighton catchment.

Motorists travelling through Stamford Bridge on Sunday night were faced with large pools of water on one side of the bridge, though council pumps were soon put into action.

Speaking on Monday morning, Richard Wood, clerk at Pocklington Town Council, said: “The water is overflowing at London Bridge and the beck is particularly high at the moment.

“The rain had been falling on already saturated ground and the Environment Agency’s automatic flood alerts have been issued but, at the moment, everything seems to be coping.”

A recent report into flooding in Pocklington called for a joint effort to beat the problem in the town.

The report made recommendations including making major improvements to Pocklington’s drainage system and culverts and encouraging residents to install their own protective measures.

A feasibility study will also begin this month to assess other solutions to the flooding problem.

Although the report was met with a generally favourable reception, it’s clear such major changes will take time to implement.

Residents in Pocklington and further afield will have their fingers crossed that the unusually wet weather we have experienced over the past year will improve soon.