All eyes on York after worst September storm since 1981

The deepest area of low pressure in September since 1981 has caused many of Yorkshire's rivers to burst their banks - although the rain was not quite intense enough to cause serious flooding of property like in the autumn of 2000.

Cumulatively since the rain started falling on Sunday evening, to when it stopped during the early hours of this morning, Ravensthorpe in Richmondshire has had the highest rainfall in the country with 131mm (over 5 inches).

At Leeming, 100mm (4 inches) of rain has been recorded in the same time period. This is almost double what would normally be expected in the whole of September (Average 52mm).

Furthermore, the station recorded its wettest September day, with 76mm falling in the 24hours to 10am on Tuesday morning. Weather data has been collected at the RAF station since 1945.

All eyes are now on the River Ouse catchment, whose tributaries are the Rivers Derwent, Aire, Don, Wharfe, Rother, Nidd, Swale, Ure and Foss, all of which have been high in the last 24 hours.

The Environment agency currently has 2112 properties on flood warning along the length of the Ouse catchment.

Current forecasts suggest the river will peak at midnight in York at no higher than 4.7 metres above normal. It is currently flowing at 4.5 metres above normal.

This would be higher than the peak in January 2008 of 4.5 metres above normal, but quite a bit lower than the record which was set in November 2000 of 5.4 metres above normal.

It will give comfort to the residents of York that during that record breaking river level, the main flood defences, including the Foss barrier, held.

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