Yorkshire remains on red alert, despite improving forecast

�10m is to be spent in York to improve flood defences battered by Storm Eva.
�10m is to be spent in York to improve flood defences battered by Storm Eva.

EIGHT FLOOD warnings remained in force Sunday evening despite an improving forecast for Yorkshire.

The Environment Agency said people should remain vigilant as river levels remain high and wet weather is likely to continue into this week.

The flood warnings covered the rivers Aire, Derwent and Ouse. The agency said it was not expecting to issue any new ones in the next 24 hours.

A spokeswoman added: “Incident rooms remain open and staff continue to monitor the situation around the clock both in the office and out on the ground with field teams inspecting flood defences across Yorkshire.

“Environment Agency teams have been working 24/7 over Christmas to support communities in Leeds and York affected by December’s floods and prepare for further rainfall.

“Repairs have been completed to the Foss Barrier and it is now operational. River levels in York will remain high over the next few days in response to recent and forecast rainfall. We are making sure communities across Yorkshire are getting all the support they need for the response and clean-up operation.”

The update came as Prime Minister David Cameron tried to seize back the political initiative with the announcement of £40m extra funding for Yorkshire’s flood defences.

Overall the weather situation has improved but the Met Office has forecast further heavy rain into Monday across parts of north-east England.

York’s Foss Barrier is now operational and flood waters in the city have receded but the River Ouse is set to remain high for several days.

Environment Agency teams remain out in force pumping away flood water, repairing damaged defences, clearing river blockages, monitoring water levels and sending out flood warnings. Environment Agency staff from across the country have been sent to provide support in affected areas.

Over 40 additional Environment Agency pumps have been dispatched to the north of England to ensure that flood water is pumped away as fast as river levels will allow.

Craig Woolhouse, Director of Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said: “We will continue to work with local authorities to support communities that are recovering from the devastating impacts of flooding and our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by these terrible floods.

“In many parts of northern England the overall situation has improved but we are keeping a close watch on the potential impact of more wet weather Sunday and Monday in the south-west and north-east of England.

“Our teams are working around the clock to repair flood defences, protect communities, and pump away flood water.

“Communities affected by flooding can find advice on the Environment Agency website, local authorities’ websites and on social media using #floodaware.”