Flash floods in Harrogate district

The Knaresborough Caravan Park, pictured some years ago when the River Nidd burst its banks. (S)

The Knaresborough Caravan Park, pictured some years ago when the River Nidd burst its banks. (S)

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FLASH floods hit a village in Nidderdale yesterday as torrential rain fell across the district.

Parts of Summerbidge were hit with “waves of water” while roads in Darley remain closed as they are still impassable.

Martin Colley had been forced to turn back as he tried to drive towards Pateley Bridge at around 5pm yesterday (Thursday).

“It was horrendous,” he said. “It was coming from the hills and just flowing across the roads in waves.

“The front of my grill had leaves on it so it must have reached 2ft. A lot of the road was just covered in water, 100 yards wide at some points.”

He said the road was just covered in debris from the hills and drivers were pulling over to the side of the road.

“I think people were just frightened to risk it,” he said. “I followed in the wake of a tractor but I ended up turning back.”

Firefighters had also rescued 350 sheep and lambs who were left trapped on a hill by the rising flood waters upstream of Middleham bridge.

A spokesman said: “They were stranded in an area of high ground, as the river levels rose rapidly.”

Flood warnings are still in place in six areas in North Yorkshire, including the River Nidd at the Knaresborough Caravan Park and at Cattal.

There were also reports that the river burst its banks near Darley Mill.

On Twitter, Phil Penton (@ppenten) said: “Main road through Summerbridge flooded due to overflowing drains. Also, the river has burst its banks at Darley Mill. Buses may be affected.”

Jez Dyke ‏(@Dubtricks) said: “Just been to the shop in Summerbridge. Never seen flooding like it - the high street is a river and cricket ground is 2ft under water!”