UPDATED: Storm Desmond - Mayor calls for action after Ripon is hit by floods

Flooding on Sharow Lane. Picture by Bob Turner.

Flooding on Sharow Lane. Picture by Bob Turner.

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“Something will have to be done”, the Mayor of Ripon has warned after parts of the city were hit by devastating floods at the weekend.

North Yorkshire Fire Service were repeatedly called out to rescue motorists trapped in cars as the River Ure burst its banks.

Boroughbridge Road at the racecourse. Picture by Bob Turner.

Boroughbridge Road at the racecourse. Picture by Bob Turner.

Boroughbridge Road and Sharow Lane were closed as a result of the floodwater, however drivers appeared to be ignoring the warning signs and getting stuck.

Properties were flooded in Magdalens Road and the Fisher Green Allotments were under a deluge of water.

The Mayor of Ripon, Cllr Pauline McHardy, said: “I am aware that is now subsiding but it doesn’t matter how quickly it goes away - the damage is done.

“Something will have to be done. I think this is becoming our normal weather and we are getting more and more rain and wetter winters.

Flooding near the racecourse on Boroughbridge Road. Picture by Geoffrey Blackman.

Flooding near the racecourse on Boroughbridge Road. Picture by Geoffrey Blackman.

“We are going to have to make some enquiries as to what can be done about it.

“We can’t just let this go without trying to deal with it.

“When your homes under threat of flood damage, it’s devastating.”

At 8.19pm on Sunday crews from Harrogate and Ripon rescued passengers from a 4x4 vehicle immersed in water on Sharow Lane.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “The male driver had not taken heed of the warning signs so came to a stop.”

They were called out to the same road at 3.33am on Monday to help free another motorist who ignored signs.

The spokesman said: “The incident required police and assistance from Ripon crews. The motorist was given words of advice from police as there was a suggestion road safety signs were taken down so could gain access to the road.”

At 4.07pm crews were called to a trapped vehicle on Boroughbridge Road, opposite the racecourse, where they donned wet gear and carried passengers of a car to safety.

Both roads are now open, however signs are still in place advising motorists to drive slowly.

Crews were also called to Magdalens Road at 5.25am to reports of gardens flooding and residents were given advice.

The bridge over the Ure at Boroughbridge, which has also been hit by flooding, was forced to close, but reopened on Monday.

It comes after Storm Desmond tore through Britain, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, to the region and causing Cumbria to declare a major incident.

The Environment Agency made 130 flood warnings, including at the River Ure, at Ure Bank, in Ripon, and River Swale at Richmond, while residents in some parts of the country have had to be evacuated from their homes and there were a number of road accidents involving heavy goods vehicles.