FLOOD UPDATE: Extreme weather causes road chaos

Oak Beck bursts its banks at Spruisty Bridge on September 24, 2012. (S)
Oak Beck bursts its banks at Spruisty Bridge on September 24, 2012. (S)

Severe rainfall has caused chaos across the district.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service has received more 260 calls in the last 24 hours, as people battled the elements.

The majority of calls are now to properties where flood water is in danger of entering the building.

A pump was sent out to a residential property in Jennyfields in Harrogate on Monday, September 24, and another to Summerbridge Primary School in Nidderdale where firefighters moved sandbags to try and divert water away from the building.

And one reader sent in this picture of Spruisty Bridge at Knox in Harrogate, where water levels are so high they almost reach the top of the refurbished bridge arch.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Nidd at Knaresborough caravan parks and for riverside properties Pateley Bridge.

At 10.43am, the Nidd measured 3m at Gouthwaite and was expected to rise further with more rain forecast.

The river has been measured as 1.7m high at Knaresborough, and firefighters were also called to a home on Manor Road in the town, where the cellar is under six feet of flood water.

A fire service spokesman said they had been called to more than 70 reports of incidents relating to the heavy rainfall, with a high proportion in the Harrogate and Summerbridge areas where a number of domestic and commercial properties were affected by flood water.

Around the roads, traffic is moving slowly due to the amount of water and drivers have been warned by North Yorkshire Police to take their time when making journeys.

A spokesman for the force said: “Please take extra care while driving today. Road conditions are poor give yourself more time for your journeys.”

North Deighton Road has been closed and on the A1 there are severe delays northbound from J49, A168 Dishforth to J57 A66(M) at Darlington, because of flooding.

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