Flood clear-up under way

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North Yorkshire Police will maintain patrols in flood-hit areas while multi-agency recovery efforts get under way.

Police officers, special constables and PCSOs are providing a visible presence to reassure residents, businesses and visitors in general, and specifically those who have been most affected by the severe flooding during the past few days.

The police teams will be on hand to promote public safety.

This includes urging people to keep themselves and their pets away from deep and flowing water.

And crucially, to keep away from roads and bridges that are closed due to flooding and still require structural safety inspections before being reopened.

Assistant Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “The flooding situation in North Yorkshire and the City of York is gradually improving and the area remains open for business.

“The current position demonstrates the hard work and response of the emergency services, including the military and other agencies, who have worked tirelessly throughout this period.

“While challenges remain for the various agencies, including dealing with road closures, pumping away flood water and in some places getting people back in their homes, we are satisfied as a strategic group that we are entering the recovery phase.

“All partners will remain vigilant while water levels remain high.”

To help support the recovery phase, Mr Spittal has deployed police patrols where they are most needed.

He said: “Our police teams will continue to be visible and provide a reassuring presence to our flood-hit communities.

“We will be on hand to help residents and direct them to the services that they require.”

Mr Spittal again stressed the need for residents and visitors to abide by bridge and road closures.

“The roads and bridges that have been closed are out of action for a very simple reason - they pose a potential risk to safety,” said Mr Spittal.

“It is highly irresponsible of motorists and pedestrians to ignore these closures. This not only puts themselves needlessly in danger, but also the emergency services who would have to enact a high-risk rescue operation should the worst happen.

“Please be sensible and avoid unnecessary risks, especially in locations where flood water is surging dangerously and poses a very real danger.”