Leeds back on flood alert - water levels still rising in York

Huntingdon Road and Yearsley Crescent covered by floodwater after the River Ouse and River Foss bursts their banks in York city centre last week
Huntingdon Road and Yearsley Crescent covered by floodwater after the River Ouse and River Foss bursts their banks in York city centre last week
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LEEDS was back on flood alert today following a washout weekend, with further warnings in place along the River Ouse and in Tadcaster.

The Environment Agency warned on Sunday of rising water levels on the River Aire - a week after the devastating floods on the outskirts of Leeds city centre.

The river’s middle catchment, including Bradford Beck, Oulton Beck and Kippax Beck, was filling up throughout the weekend - and while levels have begin to fall this morning, the flood alert remains in place.

A further alert is in place for the Aire’s tidal catchment, east of Knottingley. The Environment Agency said: “River levels will remain elevated for some time with water still in the washlands.”

More rain is forecast this week, but the agency said: “The weather will continue to be unsettled over the next few days which will keep levels high. We are not currently expecting further rainfall to have significant impacts.”

The tidal River Wharfe from Tadcaster to the confluence with the River Ouse also remains on flood alert.

Levels are expected to remain high throughout Monday but less so than last week.

Three flood warnings and two flood alerts remain in place along the River Ouse, with riverside properties in York along Kings Staith, Queens Staith, South Esplanade and New Walk most at risk.

The current river level in York is 11 feet 8 inches, and still rising - with a forecast peak of 13 feet 1 inch late on Monday evening.

The agency said: “Further rainfall is forecast over the coming days and river levels are expected to remain high this week.”

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