Video shows dramatic day for Pateley Bridge - Emergency services praised for Storm Ciara heroism

The Environment Agency has downgraded its severe flood warning for Pateley Bridge, after a dramatic day which saw Storm Ciara batter the town and lead to the closure of its bridge.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 6:28 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th February 2020, 6:44 pm

A lower level flood warning is still in place, but the Environment Agency has confirmed that "no further significant rainfall is expected."

Praise has been heaped on the district's emergency services from residents, community groups and Ripon and Skipton MP Julian Smith, recognising their extraordinary efforts in working round-the-clock to protect the town from severe flood damage.

Julian Smith tweeted: "Amazing community effort in #pateleybridge today. Thank you to @NYorksPolice @NorthYorksFire who are still pumping & @EnvAgency - fingers crossed for tonight."

The Environment Agency said: "The severe flood warning for River Nidd at Pateley Bridge has now been downgraded to a flood warning. River levels at Pateley Bridge peaked at 2pm on 09/02/2020. The flood warning remains in force. We are monitoring the situation closely from our Area Incident Room, which remains open. Operational staff have been out on the ground monitoring the situation. No further significant rainfall is expected. We will update this message in 8 hours or as the situation changes."

Picture: Kirsty Shepherd.
The flood warning has now been downgraded. Picture: Kirsty Shepherd.
The flood water reached significant levels. Picture: Kirsty Shepherd.
A severe flood warning was in place for Pateley Bridge earlier today. Picture: Kirsty Shepherd.