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Updated 16:30pm Thursday, 12 December

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has written to the Environment Agency to arrange a meeting to seek clarification on the agency’s plans to repair flood defences damaged by last week’s tidal surge.

As of this morning, the council’s recovery control room has been stood down; however pumping operations in the Blacktoft and Yokefleet area are ongoing and the free collections of large flood damaged items will continue for the rest of the week including Saturday, where necessary, plus any side waste left out with wheelie bins will also be removed.

The council will continue to respond to any further enquiries for assistance.

Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services, said: “To provide some clarity for our residents, the council has today written to the Environment Agency to request a meeting to find out what actions are being taken to repair any flood defences that may have been damaged by last week’s tidal flooding and to also get a clearer picture about the high tide forecast for early January and how this could impact on those communities that have been affected.

Approximately 210 residential properties and 45 commercial premises have been affected, including some outbuildings.

“The council’s immediate recovery operations have now concluded, but we would urge residents who require any further assistance to contact us using the details publicised.

“A letter is being sent to all properties indentified as being affected outlining the information the council has on last week’s event, what action was taken and the subsequent relief efforts.  We will continue to keep residents updated ahead of January.”

Council tax and business rate reductions are available to properties that have been vacated and are not habitable as a result of the flooding. Those households that have been affected are urged to contact the council tax section on (01482) 394747 or the business rates section on (01482) 394748 to discuss the assistance that is available.

Financial support

If you are having money difficulties due to the flooding or the storm please visit the Local Welfare Assistance page or call (01482) 393939. Local Welfare Assistance is not available for businesses.

UK Storm Business Fund

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and NatWest Bank have announced the launch of a £250 million emergency fund to help UK businesses affected by the recent storms.

The fund and supplementary support package is available to all viable businesses affected by adverse weather, not just existing NatWest and RBS customers. You can read more about the help available on the Finding a Grant web page.

Do you have pictures of flooding in the East Riding?

Please send us your flooding pictures, don't forget to include the time, date and location of your pictures. Email your pictures to floodpics@eastriding.gov.uk or tweet your pictures to @East_Riding.

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Updated 08:36am Thursday, 12 December

A survey of areas flooded in the East Riding by last week’s tidal surge has now been complete, with approximately 210 residential properties and 45 commercial premises affected, some in outbuildings.

Recovery operations are now entering a sixth day, with officers continuing to provide support, advice and guidance to residents and street cleansing staff are again out and about clearing debris and sludge from the highways.

In affected areas, the free collection of large flood damaged items will continue for the rest of the week including Saturday, where necessary, plus any side waste left out with wheelie bins will also be removed.

Pumping operations to clear standing water from carriageways and fields in the Blacktoft and Yokefleet area are also continuing, with pumps working 24-hours-a-day, removing nearly 5,000 gallons an hour.

Street lighting and gullies are also being inspected with repairs being arranged, where required.

The majority of the highway network is now open, with the exception of Moorfield Lane, Saltmarshe, and Green Oak Lane, Yokefleet. Engineers are now inspecting affected carriageways to identify any repairs that may be required. 

Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services, said: “We are very much aware that many of the residents suffering from the tidal flood are still trying to get things back to normal, and we are here to assist where we can. 

“Some of the council’s immediate recovery operations are now concluding, such as the clearing of highways and door-to-door visits, but we would urge residents who require any further assistance to contact us using the details publicised.

“A letter will be sent to all properties identified as being affected outlining the information the council has on last week’s event, what action was taken and the subsequent relief efforts.

“Our workforce has operated tirelessly since the tidal surge and has been overwhelmed by the positive feedback that they have received from affected communities and from the wider East Riding.

“I would like to thank our staff for their hard work and dedication in the face of challenging and rapidly changing conditions and also extend my gratitude to our residents for their kind words and support, which have been greatly received.”

The council has also received a number of requests from residents and businesses about financial support that may be available and can confirm that assistance can be applied for under the council’s local welfare assistance scheme, which provides emergency loans or support grants.

Council tax and business rate reductions are available to properties that have been vacated and are not habitable as a result of the flooding. Those households that have been affected are urged to contact the council tax section on (01482) 394747 or the business rates section on (01482) 394748 to discuss the assistance that is available.

Further information

The council has set up a dedicated Recovery Room at County Hall in Beverley to co-ordinate the clean-up operation. Residents can contact the council for support on 01482 393399.

For more information visit our flooding page or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding (external website) and @ER_roads (external website). Alternatively visit the Environment Agency website (external website) for the latest flood alerts/warnings.

Financial support

If you are having money difficulties due to the flooding or the storm please visit the Local Welfare Assistance page or call (01482) 393939. Local Welfare Assistance is not available for businesses.

Do you have pictures of flooding in the East Riding?

Please send us your flooding pictures, don't forget to include the time, date and location of your pictures. Email your pictures to floodpics@eastriding.gov.uk or tweet your pictures to @East_Riding.

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Updated 17:00pm Tuesday, 10 December

The council’s recovery operations are now entering a fourth day with officers continuing to provide support for communities affected by last week’s flood events.

Based on current data, upwards of 180 households are thought to have been flooded in areas throughout the East Riding, from Bridlington to Spurn Point on the East Coast and along the banks of the Humber, from Welwick to Reedness.

Street cleansing teams have been clearing debris and sludge from highways since last Friday and engineers are out and about in areas affected to identify further works that may be required.

The council has made arrangements for the free collection of large flood damaged items and will also remove any side waste left out with wheelie bins for collection in affected areas.

Pumping operations to remove standing water from carriageways and fields in the Blacktoft and Yokefleet area are also continuing, with water levels steadily dropping.

Working alongside the Environment Agency and local internal drainage boards, council engineers are also assisting with the inspection of flood defences to identify any potential damage that may have been caused.

Welfare officers are also visiting the Blacktoft and Yokefleet area again to provide advice and guidance on issues such as how to disinfect flooded properties, how to make insurance claims and ensure that any care needs are being met. Leaflets will also be posted through doors so anyone not at home knows who/how to seek further advice and help, where needed.

The council has also received a number of requests from residents and businesses about financial support that may be available and can confirm that assistance can be applied for under the council’s local welfare assistance scheme, which provides emergency loans or support grants.

For further information, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/living/local-welfare-assistance/  or call welfare assistance on (01482) 394799.

Council tax and business rate reductions are available to properties that have been vacated and are not habitable as a result of the flooding. Those households that have been affected are urged to contact the council tax section on (01482) 394747 or the business rates section on (01482) 394748 to discuss the assistance that is available.

Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services, said: “Our recovery operations are ongoing across all affected communities and will continue as long as they are needed to support our residents.

“As well as frontline operations on the ground, including pumping standing water, clearing debris from the highways and removing flood damaged items and waste from flood properties, the council is also providing information on sources of financial support to help people get back on their feet in the wake of these devastating floods.”

Further information

The council has set up a dedicated Recovery Room at County Hall in Beverley to co-ordinate the clean-up operation. Residents can contact the council for support on 01482 393399.

For more information visit our flooding page or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding (external website) and @ER_roads (external website). Alternatively visit the Environment Agency website (external website) for the latest flood alerts/warnings.

Financial support

If you are having money difficulties due to the flooding or the storm please visit the Local Welfare Assistance page or call (01482) 393939. Local Welfare Assistance is not available for businesses.

Do you have pictures of flooding in the East Riding?

Please send us your flooding pics, don't forget to include the time, date and location of your pictures. Email your pictures to floodpics@eastriding.gov.uk or tweet your pics to @East_Riding.

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Flood Incident Update - Monday, 9 December 14.08pm

Council officers, for a third time, are out and about in communities affected by last week’s flood events, as recovery operations continue.

The council is supporting just over 180 households affected by the floods in areas throughout the East Riding, from Bridlington to Spurn Point on the East Coast and along the banks of the Humber, from Paull to Reedness.

The recovery process began on Friday with street cleansing teams clearing debris and sludge from highways and scouts have been visiting these areas again to identify further works that may be required.

The council is also making arrangements for skips to be strategically located in affected areas for the disposal of large flood damaged items. The council will also remove any side waste left out with wheelie bins for collection in these areas.

Pumping operations to remove standing water from carriageways are also ongoing in the Blacktoft and Yokefleet area, with two pumps slowly reducing levels.

Working alongside the Environment Agency and local internal drainage boards, council engineers are also assisting with the inspection of flood defences to identify any potential damage issues.

Welfare officers have visited those affected to provide advice and guidance on issues such as how to disinfect flooded properties, how to make insurance claims and are again going from house-to-house in affected areas today to offer support and ensure that any care needs are being met. Leaflets will also be posted through doors so anyone not at home knows who/how to seek further advice and help, where needed.

Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services, said: “Our recovery operations are continuing and are likely to carry on into this week and beyond, as needed.

“Officers are visiting all the affected communities to provide advice, guidance and practical support and our Floodline is open for anyone who needs information or assistance, on (01482) 393399.

“We have received some feedback about the issuing of sandbags and would like to clarify our position.

“The council issued more than 5,000 sandbags to locations where inundation was predicted to occur and, working alongside our partner agencies; had staff and equipment on stand-by at a number of depots to provide a response to the flooding incidents as they developed, in line with our emergency plan.

“The scale of the tidal surge was unprecedented, with officers having to act quickly against what where rapidly changing conditions.

“The decision was taken that the council would target sandbags, through operational teams, to areas that were worst affected and where properties and the vulnerable were at risk and that they would not be issued on a general basis.

“The council did get requests for sandbags in some areas but unfortunately, due to the ferocity of the surge, issuing them could have been dangerous and, in some cases, would not have been sufficient to provide any level of meaningful protection.”

Further information

The council has set up a dedicated Recovery Room at County Hall in Beverley to co-ordinate the clean-up operation. Residents can contact the council for support on 01482 393399.

For more information visit our flooding page or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding (external website) and @ER_roads (external website). Alternatively visit the Environment Agency website (external website) for the latest flood alerts/warnings.

Financial support

If you are having money difficulties due to the flooding or the storm please visit the Local Welfare Assistance page or call (01482) 393939. Local Welfare Assistance is not available for businesses.

Do you have pictures of flooding in the East Riding?

Please send us your flooding pics, don't forget to include the time, date and location of your pictures. Email your pictures to floodpics@eastriding.gov.uk or tweet your pics to @East_Riding.

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Updated 11:40am Friday, 6th December


Council starts recovery operation

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has started its recovery operation following the flooding of last night and this morning.

Sixteen teams of experienced council officers are visiting flooded areas as well as council leisure centres where residents were taken after being evacuated from their homes.

The council officers are advising residents about the clean-up operation and checking on their welfare and they are expected to be out in affected areas all day.

More than 5,000 sandbags have been used by the council to tackle the flooding and a number of pumps were deployed to the worst affected areas.

While the clean-up takes place, the council - along with its partner organisations including the police, fire service and Environment Agency - will continue to assess the likely impact of tonight's high tide, although it is currently predicted that this will be lower than this morning's high tide.

Homes and commercial properties in a number of areas around the East Riding have been affected by what was the biggest tidal surge in 60 years.

Between 50 and 100 properties were affected in Reedness, with some residents evacuated to Goole Leisure Centre. Other areas affected include Bridlington Harbour, where commercial properties were flooded, Blacktoft, Saltmarshe, Faxfleet and Yokefleet, Paull, Skipsea, Kilnsea, Hessle Foreshore, Brough and North Ferriby.

Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "We have staff out cleaning affected roads of debris and sludge and also helping residents with practical advice following the flooding.

"It has been a huge operation by the council and we appreciate the efforts of everyone who has worked round the clock to help residents, whether in evacuation and sandbagging operations, transporting residents, control centre and customer support staff or our social services teams helping the vulnerable.

"The recovery operation has now started and we are making every effort to ensure residents have all the help and advice they need to deal with the consequences of the flooding.

"We had robust plans in place to deal with the tidal surge and worked closely with our partner organisations and the Environment Agency to deal with any issues with sea and coastal defences."

Evacuated residents are advised not to return to their homes until they are told it is safe to do so by the authorities.

The flooding caused a number of traffic problems and the A63 was closed in both directions between the Ferriby and Myton Gate junctions, with a number of cars abandoned by their owners. A diversion was put in place but the road is due to be re-opened by noon.

A large area of agricultural fields has been flooded at Welwick, Weeton and Skeffling, some areas suffered power outages and during the high winds of yesterday the council's forestry team dealt with 64 reports of fallen trees.

Further information

The council has set up a dedicated Recovery Room at County Hall in Beverley to co-ordinate the clean-up operation. Residents can contact the council for support on 01482 393399.

For more information visit our flooding page or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding (external website) and @ER_roads (external website). Alternatively visit the Environment Agency website (external website) for the latest flood alerts/warnings.

Financial support

If you are having money difficulties due to the flooding or the storm please visit the Local Welfare Assistance page or call (01482) 393939. Local Welfare Assistance is not available for businesses.

Do you have pictures of flooding in the East Riding?

Please send us your flooding pics, don't forget to include the time, date and location of your pictures. Email your pictures to floodpics@eastriding.gov.uk or tweet your pics to @East_Riding.

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Updated 07.50am Friday, 6 December


Council Prepares to Respond to Morning High Tide and to assist with Recovery Efforts in Communities affected by Flooding along the East Coast and Humber Bank


East Riding of Yorkshire Council will continue its operations this morning to assist residents in communities along the East Coast and Humber banks at risk of further flooding from potential overtopping, especially at high tide:

The high tide times for Friday, 6 December AM are:

  • Bridlington – 6.30am

  • Spurn Point – 7.31am

  • Humber Bridge – 8.24am

  • Blacktoft – 8.44am

  • Goole – 9.11am 


The council has made transport available in Reedness and residents have been advised by the police to consider evacuation, with those interested being taken to Goole Leisure Centre, in advance of the high tide and the anticipation of further flooding. A meeting has been organised for 7am for partner agencies to discuss possible issues relating to flood defences in the village.

The A63 in Hull is closed in both directions between the Ferriby and Myton Gate junctions until at least 10am, with a diversion in place from the Humber Bridge to the A164 Jock’s Lodge onto the A1079, past Dunswell Roundabout, and down the A1033 into East Hull and vice versa.

The council, Humberside Police, the Highways Agency and Hull City Council are strongly advising people not to travel until later in the day and if possible not to make non-essential journeys which will contribute to the congestion across the region.

Network Rail has stopped services from Hull Station until at least 12.30pm.

Council services have been operating around the clock following the establishment of an emergency control centre to respond to flooding incidents.

Services have been stretched across the area, but have coped with the demand and plans have been put into place to maintain staffing and resources, including sandbags and pumping equipment, to respond as necessary this morning.

The deployment of sandbags will continue to be targeted by operational teams to areas that are worst affected and where properties and the vulnerable are at risk. These will not be issued on a general basis.

Please check  The council's website for updates regarding possible school closures .

Due to expected delays across the highway network, transport services will contact schools about the impact on them.

After high tide has passed this morning, an assessment will be made about the possible impact of tonight's high tide. Depending on that, the council’s recovery team will take-over from emergency operations and will door knock in affected areas to provide residents with advice on matters relating to insurance claims and the removal of waste and large items damaged by flood waters as well as street sweeping.

Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "The council's emergency procedures were implemented and staff worked round the clock to get assistance to residents as soon as possible and deal with flooding.

"All our planning was in place but with coastal flooding you cannot predict with certainty where incidents will occur. Where they did occur, we worked alongside the Environment Agency on the ground to deal with any issues with sea and coastal defences."

The council responded to a number of flooding incidents over the past 24 hours, including:

Skipsea

Residents in properties along Green Lane, Skipsea, were evacuated to the village hall due to concerns over coastal erosion.

Kilnsea

Roads into the village became impassable due to overtopping caused by the tidal surge. Council officers checked in on Sandy Beach Caravan Park and residents on lower ground were offered shelter by a local public house.

Hessle Foreshore

Around 50/60 properties were flooded and the council organised for residents affected to be evacuated to Haltemprice Leisure Centre, which provided respite.

Paull

The council received reports of flooding to approximately 12 properties in Paull and issued sandbags to defend houses. Evacuation plans were put in place, although these were not required.

Brough/North Ferriby

The council received reports of overtopping in both towns and also acted to close the gates at Brough Boatyard.

Blacktoft, Faxfleet, Yokefleet and Saltmarshe

The council monitored conditions in the area closely and provided assistance to vulnerable residents.

Goole

Concerns at Goole reduced during the course of the day, with river levels peaking at 6m. Pumps were deployed to Old Goole to pump water away that had overtopped at Dutch Riverside.

Reedness

The council deployed sandbags and pumping equipment to Reedness following a suspected breach of an embankment. Transport was sent to the village to evacuate residents to Goole Leisure Centre.

Streetscene Services had dozens of frontline staff operating across the East Riding filling and supplying sandbags from its depots at Hedon, Carnaby and Willerby. More than 5,000 sandbags were used and the council deployed and operated pumping equipment to areas worst affected.

Residents evacuated were asked to take blankets, clothing and any medication with them.

The council’s forestry team had eight crews operating throughout the day and responded to 64 reports of downed trees and social services staff helped vulnerable residents throughout the night, not only in relation to the flooding but also supporting them in areas hit by power outages.

For safety reasons, residents and visitors to the East Riding have and are being advised to avoid seafronts and harbour tops, especially around the evening and early morning high tides and those who have been evacuated from their home should not return until advised to do so by the authorities.

For more information visit our flooding page or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding (external website) and @ER_roads (external website).

For further contact the Floodline on (01482) 393399.

Or visit the Environment Agency website (external website) for the latest flood alerts/warnings.

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Updated 05.30am

Friday, 6 December Council Preparing for Further Inclement Weather this Morning

The council will continue its operations this morning to assist residents in communities along the East Coast and Humber banks at risk of further flooding from potential overtopping, especially at high tide:

The high tide times for Friday, 6 December AM are:

  • Bridlington – 6.30am
  • Spurn Point – 7.31am
  • Humber Bridge – 8.24am
  • Blacktoft – 8.44am
  • Goole – 9.11am

The A63 in Hull is closed in both directions between the Ferriby and Myton Gate junctions  until at least 10am, with a diversion in place from the Humber Bridge to the A164 Jock’s Lodge onto the A1079, past Dunswell Roundabout, and down the A1033 into East Hull and vice versa.

The council, Humberside Police, the Highways Agency and Hull City Council are strongly advising people not to travel until later in the day and if possible not to make non-essential journeys which will contribute to the congestion across the region.

Network Rail has stopped services from Hull Station until at least 12.30pm.

The council has made transport available in Reedness and residents have been advised by the police to consider evacuation, with those interested being taken to Goole Leisure Centre, in advance of high tide and the anticipation of further flooding.

A meeting has been organised for 7am for partner agencies to discuss possible issues relating to flood defences in the village and the possibility of further flooding at high tide.

Council services have been operating around the clock following the establishment of an emergency control centre to respond to flooding incidents.

Services have been stretched across the area, but have coped with the demand and plans have been put into place to maintain staffing and resources, including sandbags and pumping equipment, to respond as necessary this morning.

The deployment of sandbags will continue to be targeted by operational teams to areas that are worst affected and where properties and the vulnerable are at risk. These will not be issued on a general basis.

Pete Ashcroft, head of planning and development management, said: “As high tides approaches, the council is continuing to work closely with partner agencies to monitor weather conditions and support our residents.

“We anticipate that there could be further flooding across the East Riding and we have plans in place to maintain staffing and equipment levels at our depots ready to deploy, as needed.

“For safety reasons, residents and visitors to the East Riding are being advised to avoid seafronts and harbour tops, especially around the early morning high tide, and those who have been evacuated from their home should not return until advised to do so by the authorities.

“Motorists should, where possible, delay their journeys to ease congestion on the highway network and avoid non-essential journeys.

“After high tide has passed, the council’s recovery team will takeover from emergency operations and will door knock in affected areas to provide residents with advice on matters relating to insurance claims and the removal of waste and large items damaged by flood waters as well as street sweeping.”

For more information visit our flooding page or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding (external website) and @ER_roads (external website).

For further contact the Floodline on (01482) 393399.

Or visit the Environment Agency website (external website) for the latest flood alerts/warnings.

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Updated 01.22am Friday, 6 December

Council Responding to Flooding Incidents and Preparing for Further Inclement Weather Later this Morning 

The council has responded to a further flooding incident over the past few hours at Reedness, near Goole, where a number of properties have reportedly flooded and residents evacuated to Goole Leisure Centre.

A meeting has been organised for 7am for partner agencies to discuss possible issues relating to flood defences in the village and the possibility of further flooding at high tide.

The council will continue its operations this morning to assist residents in communities along the East Coast and Humber banks at risk of further flooding from potential overtopping, especially at high tide:

The high tide times for Friday, 6 December AM are:

  • Bridlington – 6.30am
  • Spurn Point – 7.31am
  • Humber Bridge – 8.24am
  • Blacktoft – 8.44am
  • Goole – 9.11am

 

The A63 in Hull is closed in both directions between Mount Pleasant and St Andrews Quay until at least 9am and Network Rail has stopped services from Hull Station until at least 12.30pm.

Council services have been operating around the clock following the establishment of an emergency control centre to respond to flooding incidents.

Services have been stretched across the area, but have coped with the demand and plans have been put into place to maintain staffing and resources, including sandbags and pumping equipment, to respond as necessary this morning.

The deployment of sandbags will continue to be targeted by operational teams to areas that are worst affected and where properties and the vulnerable are at risk. These will not be issued on a general basis.

Pete Ashcroft, head of planning and development management, said: “The council is continuing to work closely with partner agencies to monitor weather conditions and support our residents.

“We anticipate that there could be further flooding across the East Riding and we have plans in place to maintain staffing and equipment levels at our depots ready to deploy, as needed.

“For safety reasons, residents and visitors to the East Riding are being advised to avoid seafronts and harbour tops, especially around the early morning high tide, and those who have been evacuated from their home should not return until advised to do so by the authorities.

“After high tide has passed, the council’s recovery team will takeover from emergency operations and will door knock in affected areas to provide residents with advice on matters relating to insurance claims and the removal of waste and large items damaged by flood waters as well as street sweeping.”

For more information visit our flooding page or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding (external website) and @ER_roads (external website).

For further contact the Floodline on (01482) 393399.

Or visit the Environment Agency website (external website) for the latest flood alerts/warnings.

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Updated 21.54pm Thursday, 5 December

Council Responding to Flooding Incidents along the East Coast and Humber Banks 

The council is responding to a number of flooding incidents resulting from the inclement weather that has seen a tidal surge work its way down the east coast. Emergency plans are in action and will be operational throughout the night.

A number of severe warnings are in place and residents have been evacuated from properties at risk of coastal erosion in Green Lane, Skipsea, to the village hall, from Sandy Beach Caravan Park, Kilnsea, and Hessle Foreshore and North Ferriby to Haltemprice Leisure Centre, due to overtopping resulting in standing water on the carriageways.

The council had evacuation plans in place in Paull, Brough and Goole but these were not required. Streetscene Services has been distributing sandbags in affected areas.

Residents being evacuated have been asked to take blankets, clothing and any medication with them.

The council is continuing to monitor conditions in Blacktoft and Skelton and has officers door knocking to advise residents of the situation and to relocate family and possessions upstairs, if possible. The council is also pumping water that has overtopped in Old Goole at Dutch Riverside.

Transport services have deployed buses to affected areas to take residents to leisure centres that are being used as respite centres and sandbags are being distributed to protect properties.

Conditions could see overtopping occur in a number of other locations along the coast and the Humber banks and the council has deployed scouts to provide feedback to inform operations, which will run throughout the night.

An emergency control centre has been established in order to respond to flood incident(s) and will remain operational throughout the night. Services are stretched across the coast, but are coping with demand.

The deployment of sandbags will continue to be targeted by operational teams to areas that are worst affected and where properties and the vulnerable are at risk. These will not be issued on a general basis.

Although the overall picture, at present, is one of improvement, further inclement weather is forecast for tomorrow morning around high tide, so the council will continue to monitor conditions and direct resources accordingly.

For safety reasons, residents and visitors to the East Riding are being advised to avoid seafronts and harbour tops, especially around the evening and early morning high tides and those who have been evacuated from their home should not return until advised to do so by the authorities.

For more information visit our flooding page or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding (external website) and @ER_roads (external website).

For further contact the Floodline on (01482) 393399.

Or visit the Environment Agency website (external website) for the latest flood alerts/warnings.

High Tides for Friday, 6 December AM

  • Spurn Point – 7.31am
  • Humber Bridge – 8.24am
  • Blacktoft – 8.44am
  • Goole – 9.11am

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Updated 19.35pm Thursday, 5 December

Council Responding to Gale Force Winds and High Tides

The council is responding to flooding incidents at a number of locations where severe warnings are in place and is advising residents to prepare for evacuation in Paull, Hessle Haven, Brough and at Blacktoft, where a tidal surge is seeing overtopping which could lead to flooding.

Emergency plans have been put into action and will be operational throughout the night as the council continues to monitor weather conditions. Transport services have deployed buses to affected areas to take residents to leisure centres that are being used as respite centres. Sandbags are also being distributed to protect properties.

Conditions could see overtopping occur in a number of locations along the coast and the Humber banks and the council has deployed scouts to provide feedback to inform operations, which will run throughout the night.

An emergency control centre has been established in order to respond to flood incident(s).

The deployment of sandbags is being targeted by operational teams to areas that are worst affected and where properties and the vulnerable are at risk. These will not be issued on a general basis.

For safety reasons, residents and visitors to the East Riding are being advised to avoid seafronts and harbour tops, especially around the evening and early morning high tides.

Dave Morley, head of customer services, said: “We now have a number of severe weather warnings along the Holderness Coast and along the banks of the Humber and the council has made transport available to evacuate communities at risk, where required.

“The council, alongside its partner agencies, will work throughout the night to assist our residents and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

“We would advise residents to avoid the seafronts, to relocate family and possessions upstairs, if possible, and for motorists to allow extra time for their journeys and to drive to the conditions.

“The council will continue to keep residents informed via the local media, our website and on Twitter.”

For more information visit our flooding page or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding (external website) and @ER_roads (external website).

For further contact the Floodline on (01482) 393399.

Or visit the Environment Agency website (external website) for the latest flood alerts/warnings.

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Council Remains Ready to Respond Throughout the Night to Gale Force Winds and High Tides - Updated 16.26pm Thursday, 5 December

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has put emergency plans into action and will be operational throughout the night as it continues to monitor weather conditions that have already seen gale force winds affect the area, with further inclement weather forecast over the next 48 hours.

Reports indicate that gale force winds and high tides could result in potential flooding along the Holderness Coast and the North and South Bank of the Humber. The worst of the gale force winds (60-70mph) will sweep across the region during the course of the afternoon before dying down this evening (40mph).

Conditions could see overtopping potentially occur in a number of locations along the coast and the Humber banks and the council has deployed scouts to provide feedback to inform operations.

An emergency control centre has been established in order to respond quickly to any flood incident(s) that may occur in the East Riding, with staff and equipment, including sandbags and pumping equipment, on standby at the council’s depots ready to deploy, as required.

The deployment of sandbags will be targeted by operational teams to areas that are worst affected and where properties and the vulnerable are at risk. These will not be issued on a general basis.

Officers from the council’s public protection and sustainable development teams are door knocking in areas along the east coast that are at risk of flooding and coastal erosion, including caravan sites and properties in communities such as Skipsea.

As a precautionary measure, transport services have vehicles on standby should residents at risk need to be evacuated and leisure centres are ready to act as respite centres.

The council’s forestry team has eight crews in operation and has been called out to 64 incidents of downed trees, with two affecting the A1079 at Bishop Burton and the A164 near Beswick.

A number of schools have also closed due to the weather, including Hornsea School, Woodmansey Primary School and Newbald Primary School.

For safety reasons, residents and visitors to the East Riding are being advised to avoid seafronts and harbour tops, especially around the evening and early morning high tides.

Dave Morley, head of customer services, said: “The weather picture continues to change and the council is closely monitoring conditions and, alongside our partner agencies, has put emergency plans into place.

“We would advise residents, particularly along the coast and banks of the Humber, to avoid the seafront and also for motorists to allow extra time for their journeys and to drive to the conditions.

“The council will continue to keep residents informed via the local media, our website and on Twitter.”

For more information visit our flooding page or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding (external website) and @ER_roads (external website).

For further contact the Floodline on (01482) 393399.

Or visit the Environment Agency website (external website) for the latest flood alerts/warnings.

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council is continuing to monitor weather conditions that have already seen strong winds affect the area and with further inclement weather forecast over the next 48 hours.

Reports indicate that gale force winds and high tides could result in potential flooding along the Holderness Coast and the North and South Bank of the Humber.

An emergency control centre has been established in order to respond quickly to any flood incident(s) that may occur in the East Riding, with staff and equipment, including sandbags and pumping equipment, on standby at its depots ready to deploy, as required.

The deployment of sandbags will be targeted by operational teams to areas that are worst affected and where properties and the vulnerable are at risk. These will not be issued on a general basis.

In advance, officers from the council’s public protection and sustainable development teams are door knocking in areas along the east coast that are at risk of flooding and coastal erosion, including caravan sites and properties in communities such as Skipsea.

The council’s forestry team has been called out to 35 incidents of downed trees this morning, with two affecting the A1079 at Bishop Burton and the A164 near Beswick.

Dave Morley, head of customer services, said: “The council, alongside its partner agencies, is continuing to monitor weather conditions closely and has put plans into place to prepare the East Riding in advance of the forecast inclement weather.

“We would advise residents, particularly along the coast and banks of the Humber, to avoid the seafront and also for motorists to allow extra time for their journeys and to drive to the conditions.

“The council will continue to keep residents informed via the local media, our website and on Twitter.”

For more information visit our flooding page or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding (external website) and @ER_roads (external website).

For further contact the Floodline on (01482) 393399.

Or visit the Environment Agency website (external website) for the latest flood alerts/warnings.

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