IMAGES: Ripon properties manage to escape floods

A flooded Boroughbridge Road. Picture: Geoffrey Blackman

A flooded Boroughbridge Road. Picture: Geoffrey Blackman

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The people of Ripon appear to have escaped the wrath of the water this time, as Boxing Day floods devastated communities across the district.

While the River Ure had flooded the city streets only a few weeks ago, residents here said the flooding this time around had not hit quite as hard.

Ripon floods. Picture: Rodney Towers

Ripon floods. Picture: Rodney Towers

Although Boroughbridge Road and Sharow Lane were flooded and closed off as a result of torrential rain, one councillor said that was commonplace.

Coun Mich Stanley (Con) said: "The flood defences have operated as they are intended to, I don't think we have had any houses flooded.

"Sharow Lane and Boroughbridge road have been closed but they always close at times like this.

"I'm very positive about it because that's the only way to be about it - it's minor compared to the floods in Cumbria and in York."

Sharow was also hit by floods. Picture: Adrian Murray

Sharow was also hit by floods. Picture: Adrian Murray

Managing Director and Clerk of Ripon Racecourse, James Hutchinson agreed, adding that although the course was flooded, it seemed more dramatic than it was.

He said: "The pictures make it look more dramatic than it was. A few weeks of cleaning will see us back to normal fairly quickly.

"Although it is obviously disappointing and creates a lot of work our strongest feeling is one of sympathy for all those who have been far worse affected than us."

Known as 'Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse’, the last major flooding was in 2012 when it was hit with 100mm of heavy rain forcing owners to bring the race season to an early halt.

As a result, extensive flood defence measures were installed to help protect some of the onsite facilities in the future.

Mr Hutchinson said: "Due to the flood boards fitted to all the vulnerable doorways there was very limited water egress into the buildings. In any case, the flooding across the track causes no real damage to the racing surface."