York & North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire stays 'alert' as flood warnings remain

The Environment Agency warned people in North Yorkshire to "stay alert", with 22 flood warnings in place on Friday.

The level of the River Ouse in York is slowly falling after more than 100 properties were flooded.

In Selby and Cawood, the river had not reached its peak on Friday morning, but the Environment Agency said defences would cope.

In Tadcaster, where a bridge remains closed, a free bus service had been started to link both sides of the town.

North Yorkshire County Council said it is "poised" to inspect the A659 bridge, as well as others at Boroughbridge, Morton-on-Swale and Skipton-on-Swale.

A spokesperson said: "Until water levels fall, engineers will not be able to see what damage the floods have caused, but they are ready to undertake those inspections as soon as possible.

Once they have inspected the bridges they will know whether they are safe to use again."

A number of roads remained closed across York and North Yorkshire.

City of York Council said it would be reviewing the situation on Friday morning.

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