New flooding on the Stray in Harrogate today

First there was the cycling, then the rain, then the mud, then the smell...and now the Stray faces flooding.

By Graham Chalmers
Friday, 18th October 2019, 10:35 am
Flooding this morning on the Stray in Harrogate.
Flooding this morning on the Stray in Harrogate.

Part of Harrogate's 200 acres of precious parkland finds itself under water this morning.

As the UCI cycling championships organisers battle the elements to dismantle the Fan Zone at West Park without causing damage, the overnight's heavy rainfall has led to flooding.

The Montpellier area of the Stray at the bottom now has gigantic puddles, as well as lengthy rivulets of water streaming down hill.

Rivers of water running down Montpellier Hill on the Stray in Harrogate this morning.

The Stray and the UCI cycling championships and Harrogate Borough Council are even being featured currently in a critical article in national magzine Private Eye under the headline "Stray bullets."

The annus horribilis of the Stray goes on...