Emergency services, local councils and partner agencies in North Yorkshire and the City of York are working together to keep people safe and minimise disruption and damage caused by flooding.
Whilst not as severe as the flooding situation back in September, the persistent heavy rain is set to cause further problems throughout today (Monday 26 November 2012) and overnight into Tuesday.
The main source of concern is maintaining the main road networks in the county, particularly the A1 in Richmondshire and A19 in the Hambleton area.
At present one lane on the northbound carriageway of the A1 at Catterick Garrison is closed which is causing delays for motorists. The Highways Agency are continuing to pump the water away from the scene.
There is also a closure on the southbound carriageway of the A19 on the outskirts of Northallerton, between the A172 slip road from Stokesley towards the A684 Osmotherley turn-off. The A684 between Brompton And Ellerbeck, near Northallerton, is also closed to due to flooding.
North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue is pumping water away from the Friarage Hospital car park in Northallerton. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have temporarily closed the occupational therapy department and cancelled all planned surgery for the day. The fire service and hospital staff are working hard to keep the hospital working as normal and are continuing to monitor the situation.
Chief Superintendent Sue Day, of North Yorkshire Police, is co-ordinating the multi-agency flood response.
She said: “All partner agencies are working hard to get the road networks opened up and to help people to protect their property from flood water.
“At present, we do not believe the flood situation is anywhere near as bad as what we experienced in September. However, we have the necessary preparations and contingencies in place should the conditions deteriorate.
“As always, we advise motorists to take extreme care and not to drive on roads and bridges that are closed. Please check the available traffic and travel information before setting out on journeys.
“Please also keep well clear of flowing water. This includes keeping pets away from this potential danger.”
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
Latest traffic information about the A1, A64 and A19 is available from the Highways Agency website http www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information