York Floods

Hundreds Of Homes Are Built Each Year Despite Flood Risk Objections

  By Dean Kirby in iNews.   Hundreds of homes are being approved by planning chiefs in England each year in spite of official objections from the Environment Agency about the risk of flooding, it can be revealed. Figures obtained by i under the Freedom of Information Act show that more than 1,200 residential properties […]

Tadcaster’s Flood-Hit Bridge Repairs Completion Delayed ‘Until January’

    From BBC News.   The completion of repair work to a Grade II listed bridge damaged by winter flooding last year has been delayed until January. The road bridge over the River Wharfe at Tadcaster, near York, partially collapsed in December. Currently the river can only be crossed using a temporary footbridge. North […]

MPs Call For Major Reform Of Flood Risk Management

    By Roger Harrabin BBC News.   Major reform of the system for managing flood risk is needed, a Commons environment and rural affairs committee report has said. There should be a UK floods supremo, new flooding and coastal boards and a rivers and coastal authority, it said. MPs said floodwater should be stored […]

Guildhall Redevelopment Plan Hit By Flood Fears

    By Victoria Prest in The Press.   Flood fears could put a major hurdle in the way of a huge redevelopment of York’s historic Guildhall complex. City of York Council has drawn up multi-million pound plans to convert the former council offices into a business club and serviced office complex. The planning application […]

York River Safety: More Improvements Still Needed, Say Experts

    By Victoria Prest in The Press.   York’s riversides still need more lifebuoys and safety fencing to stop people falling in to the water, safety experts say. The Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents (RoSPA) has set out what work still needs to be done after it was commissioned to review and […]

Revealed: How 2,000 York Homes Might Be Protected From Future Flooding

    By Mike Laycock in The Press.   Radical ways of tackling flooding in York are being examined by environment chiefs. Ideas include: Storing floodwaters upstream Realigning channels Building new flood walls and embankments. The Environment Agency has revealed the first details of how it may spend the £45 million promised by the Government […]

New Recruits Ready To Step Up For The York Rescue Boat

    By Victoria Prest in The Press.   Eight new volunteers have completed their training on York Rescue Boat, and could soon be patrolling the River Ouse with the rest of the team. On Wednesday, the new recruits joined the rest of the crew for culmination of their training in a large exercise on […]

Nomination For County Durham Businessman Who Travelled To York For Six Weeks To Help Flood Victims

  By Mike Laycock in The Press.   A selfless businessman who travelled from County Durham to York every day for several weeks to help flood victims has been nominated for the York & District Medal. Dave Morton, 55, of Newton Aycliffe, who runs a small tennis court maintenance company, was inspired to help in […]

Satirist Rory Bremner To Host York Flood Relief Fundraising Concert At Grand Opera House In May

  By Charles Hutchinson in the Press.   Impressionist and political satirist Rory Bremner and Friends will play a flood relief fundraising show at the Grand Opera House, York, on May 16 as part of his Come Hell And High Water tour. Bremner will stop off in York as he continues his series of special […]

Insurer Increases York Resident’s Bills By 950% – Even Though His House Didn’t Flood At All

  By Mike Laycock in The Press. Investigation are to be launched amid fears York householders could face huge insurance rises following the recent floods, after one company raised bills by almost 1,000 per cent – for an address that had not even flooded. York Central MP and City of York Council executive member Andrew […]

York Floods: BT Investigating How To Prevent Repeat Of Outage That Hit 50,000 Properties

  As reported by Mike Laycock in The Press.   Fifty thousand York properties lost their landline service when the telephone exchange in Stonebow was inundated by 1.8 million litres of floodwaters, BT has revealed. The telecoms giants said it was carrying out a full risk assessment of the exchange to identify how it could […]

York Floods Debated By David Cameron And Jeremy Corbyn During Prime Minister’s Questions

  Story by Alex Ross in The Press.   Flooding in York and the Foss Barrier’s failings have been fiercely debated by David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament. The Prime Minister was quizzed by the Leader of the Opposition after the city’s flood defences struggled to cope with immense levels of water over Christmas. […]

York’s Foss Barrier Failed Because Of ’30 Tonnes Of Water A Second’ – £13m To Be Spent On Repairs And Improvements

  Story from The Press.   Engineers will have a total of £13 million to strengthen the Foss flood barrier pumping station – which failed because of the sheer volume of water coming down the Foss, a councillor has revealed. Cllr Andrew Waller said the £10 million announced by the Prime Minister on Sunday to […]

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