York & North Yorkshire

River levels stay high after North Yorkshire rainfall

River levels are expected to remain high in North Yorkshire, with eight flood warnings in place.

The Environment Agency said the forecast was mainly dry on Friday but heavy rainfall could lead to the risk of flooding at the weekend.

It has issued warnings for the River Ure, River Ouse, River Derwent, River Swale, River Nidd, and Cock Beck.

Travel disruption at the weekend is possible due to surface water on roads, the Environment Agency said.

'Heightened vigilance'

Phil Younge, from the Environment Agency in Yorkshire, said: "Although the rainfall forecast for the next few days is not particularly heavy for this time of year, the rain is falling on saturated ground and there is likely to be some further surface water flooding as a result.

"Our operations staff are busy clearing culverts and other drainage channels and monitoring river levels, and we are in a heightened state of vigilance."

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service service said two cars had been caught in flood water in Cattall, but the occupants had managed to get to safety.

Fire crews had also deployed six pumps in Malton and Norton as a precaution.

Crews also pumped water from a property in the village of Sessay, near Thirsk.

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