Pocklington town centre hit by flooding

Pocklington flood water Humberside Fire and Rescue Service pumped water from the flooded streets

A clean-up is under way in Pocklington, East Yorkshire after heavy rain caused a flash flood in the town centre.

Shops and homes were reported to be under 1ft (30cm) of water after the town's beck burst its banks.

Water levels have now receded and council workers are cleaning debris from the streets.

Further heavy showers have been forecast and East Riding of Yorkshire Council said it was monitoring the situation and had equipment on standby.

Martin Cooper, from Pocklington Town Council, said the town had been hit by flash flooding in the past.

"It just descends all of a sudden," he said.

"We were monitoring it on the ground but within the space of about 10 to 15 minutes it just came up, and there was nothing we could do about it."

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service crews helped to pump water away from the area.

John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "With a further forecast of heavy showers this evening, the council will continue to monitor the situation and has staff, sandbags and other equipment on standby at the Market Weighton depot ready to be deployed to assist residents and to support the Environment Agency who are responsible for the beck."

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