Heavy rains lead to flooding concern

CONCERNED shopkeepers and residents in Pocklington were fearing a repeat of the infamous 2007 floods today (19 April) when heavy rain caused flooding over a foot high in some parts of the town.

Water from the beck swept through the town earlier this afternoon and seeped into several shops.

The water has since subsided but more heavy showers are forecast for this evening.

Bunty & Co clothes shop on Market Place was one of the shops that was flooded, but its owners managed to remove all the stock on the groundfloor before the water crept in.

Nicola Scott, who runs the shop, said: “It has flooded the shop floor. This is exactly how it happened last time. When it starts to fill the street, there’s not long to get things moved.

“It’s not damaged any stock. It’s just literally damage to the building. The floor will need re-staining and re-varnishing.”

John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding Council, said: “In response to the flooding incident in Pocklington, the council has closed off the roads at Chapman Gate, Market Street, Market Place and Union Street.

“Water levels are receding and the council has sent a street sweeper to Pocklington to carry out any necessary street cleansing once the standing water has drained away.

“With a further forecast of heavy showers this evening, the council will continue to monitor the situation and has staff, sandbags and other equipment on standby at the Market Weighton depot ready to be deployed to assist residents and to support the Environment Agency who are responsible for the beck.”

If you have any pictures of the flooding then send them to us at news@pocklingtontoday.co.uk.