Video shows Storm Ciara hitting Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal World Heritage Site

The National Trust has confirmed the extent of the flood damage caused by Storm Ciara at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal World Heritage Site.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 12:29 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 12:30 pm

The estate near Ripon was closed for one day only yesterday, Sunday, as the storm battered the district with high winds and torrential downpours.

A National Trust spokesperson said this morning, Monday: "We're open today (apart from Fountains Mill and Seven Bridges Valley).

Storm Ciara hits the Fountains Abbey estate. Picture: National Trust.

"Storm Ciara certainly made her mark on Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal yesterday. Water levels rose very quickly and came pouring through the grounds. While it didn't quite reach the abbey, the garden suffered a lot of water damage and river levels were scarily high further down in Ripon.

"We’re working on reducing this flooding at the moment by working in partnership with Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) on a project called the Skell Valley Project.

"This project aims to reduce soil erosion upstream and reduce the impact of flooding all the way down into Ripon.

The estate was closed for one day only yesterday, Sunday, as the storm battered the district with high winds and torrential downpours. Picture: National Trust.

"The Mill is still flooded, and there is a fair bit of damage to paths and standing water, but the team are getting there."