York & North Yorkshire

Flood warnings after severe weather in North Yorkshire

Flood alerts and warnings are in place across North Yorkshire after severe weather on Thursday led to people being rescued by emergency services.

Alerts were issued by the Environment Agency about water levels on the Rivers Ouse, Swale, Ure and Nidd.

By Friday evening flood warnings were in place for lower reaches of the Ouse and parts of the Swale and Ure.

Two people were airlifted to hospital after being rescued from a swollen river in the Dales on Thursday.

Emergency services said some people had been ignoring road closure signs and driving through flood water.

North Yorkshire Police said a bridge at Grinton had collapsed and they were concerned about the safety of another one between Leyburn and Middleham.

Possible ice

Some roads in the Leyburn-Reeth and Hawes area have been closed.

Ch Insp Bruce Prendergast urged people to check before they travel.

"We would advise people to check their local area on the Environment Agency website for all flood warnings.

"There's the possibility of ice in isolated places so allow time for journeys.

"Do not under any circumstances attempt to drive through flood water. That's clearly where people are going to place themselves in danger."

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