Heavy rain causes problems locally
COUNCIL staff deployed hundreds of sandbags to areas of East Yorkshire at risk of flooding as heavy rain caused problems for householders, motorists and farmers.
Although the Driffield area was not as badly affected as other regions of the county, the bad weather still had an impact on many people and resulted in several road closures.
Firefighters were also called to deal with flooding in villages around the town
As the Drifield Times and Post went to press, the council said it was continuing to monitor weather conditions.
On Monday, staff dealt with numerous requests for assistance from across the East Riding and deployed hundreds of sandbags to areas that had been identified as at risk of flooding.
Staff and equipment had been diverted from other areas of operation to support the round the clock efforts to clear trash screens, closed roads and sign post diversions.
The council ensured that vehicles, equipment and staff remained on standby at its depots to support residents while working closely with the Environment Agency, Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue and Yorkshire Water.
John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Forecasts are indicating that we are likely to see less rainfall over the coming days and cooler temperatures. We would urge all motorists to drive with extra care.”
On Tuesday, there remained a number of road closures in effect across the area. The B1244 was closed due to surface water flooding in the dip between Leven and Hornsea. The old road, Leconfield, was closed, as was the road through Catfoss village due to surface water flooding.
Firefighters dealt with the effects of flooding in several areas around Driffield.
On Sunday, there was localised flooding in field adjacent to property at Wansford Road, Driffield and advice given to occupiers by the Fire Service.
At Main Street, Bainton, there was flooding in a yard surrounding property and firefighters used pumps to divert water to lower land, while a farmer banked up mud using a mechanical digger to prevent further flooding.
Also on Sunday on Station Road, Hutton Cranswick, there was localised flooding outside properties and pumps were used to clear water into a dyke
Hobman Lane, Hutton Cranswick, was also affected by localised flooding, although properties were not affected
As the DT&P went to press, flood warnings remained in place for the Upper Hull Area including Kilham, Nafferton, Driffield, Bainton, North Dalton, Leconfield, Leven, Brandesburton, North Frodingham and Beeford.
The Flood Alert had been issued in response to heavy rainfall causing river levels to rise in the River Hull Upper Catchment. The current level of Frodingham Beck at Frodingham Bridge remained at 1.3 metres and was expected to remain at that level for several days.
For further information, residents should call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, select option 1 and enter Quickdial number 138503.
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Weather for Driffield
Wednesday 19 June 2013
Temperature: 11 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 9 mph
Wind direction: North east
Temperature: 11 C to 15 C
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: East