The flood-relief effort in the Ryedale area of North Yorkshire is continuing as water levels on the River Derwent remain high.
A range of agencies have been working around the clock to tackle the effects and potential impact of the flood water.
Those involved include teams from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Environment Agency and the Highways Agency, with the operation co-ordinated by North Yorkshire Police.
County Bridge, which spans the river between Malton and Norton, remains closed due to the rising water. Engineers from North Yorkshire County Council are monitoring the situation, but they are satisfied that the structure can withstand the current and predicted water levels.
Flood defences have been checked by Engineers from The EA and are satisfied that they can withstand the current and predicted water levels. As a safety precaution defenses continue to be monitored
High volume pumps have been deployed at Malton, Old Malton and Norton by the Environment Agency, Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue to help alleviate the flood defences and stabilise the flow of water.
These measures are minimising the potential impact of the flooding. The situation is under constant review.
Despite the very challenging conditions, only a small number of properties have been affected by flood water in the Ryedale area during the past two days.
Roads in and around Malton, Old Malton and Norton continue to be affected by flooding.
Motorists are urged to follow the designated diversion routes and to drive with extra care, particularly as a drop in temperature over the next few days is expected to cause icy road conditions.
Also, people are urged to keep well away from flood and fast flowing water - safety is the top priority.
This includes groups of onlookers who are congregating where the essential pumping work is taking place.
Police cordons have been placed in the areas of most concern, both to maximise public safety and to prevent any disruption to the emergency effort.
It is vitally important that people keep away from places where there is dangerous, fast-flowing water. Please keep out of areas that have been cordoned off by the police. We simply want to ensure that people remain safe from harm.
“Also, the workers from the emergency services and agencies assisting the operation should be left to do their job without any disruption or distraction from onlooking members of the public. Again, please keep away from these areas.
“We greatly appreciate the patience and understanding that has been shown by local people.”
The situation is stable and the river appears to be at a have plateau however it will take some time for river levels to go down and currently predictions are that County Bridge will not reopen until Sunday at the earliest. Please listen to radio York or go on to the websites below for further info
For the latest information about flood warnings in your area, please go to the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
For Twitter users, please use the hashtag #FloodAware
Details of local road closures are available from North Yorkshire County Council’s website www.northyorks.gov.uk and City of York Council website www.york.gov.uk
Latest traffic information about the A1, A64 and A19 is available from the Highways Agency website http www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information
Or tune in to local radio for the latest traffic and travel reports.
Staff at Ryedale District Council’s Streetscene are making every effort to ensure refuse collections can be made where roads are not shut.
Today’s refuse collections may be missed at Butterwick and Brawby due to problems with flooding and tomorrows collection for Old Malton may be delayed until the flood waters have receded.
Any refuse missed over the next couple of days will be collected as soon as possible.
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Please leave extra time for journeys as some roads around the county remain closed due to flooding.