Flood alerts active on Ure and Nidd as Boroughbridge bears brunt
Last updated Nov 16, 2023
An Environment Agency map showing the areas most at risk.

Flooding is expected in low-lying areas alongside the River Ure near Boroughbridge, the Environment Agency said this morning.

Two flood alerts and one flood warning are active in the Harrogate district, which is at greater risk of flooding than almost anywhere else in northern England and the Midlands.

The more severe flood warning is from Aldwark Bridge to Cuddy Shaw on the Ure, just south of Boroughbridge.

An Environment Agency update for this area at 7.04am today said:

“River levels in the lower River Ure remain high due to recent rainfall associated with Storm Debi. Areas affected are properties at Aldwark Bridge and at Thorpe Underwood in Cuddy Shaw.

“Levels at Aldwark Bridge are continuing to fall but remain high. We expect levels to continue falling today.

“Please put your flood plan in place.”

Environment Agency advice on what to do is available here.

Two people had to be rescued from a vehicle trapped in flood water in Boroughbridge yesterday. The previous night, firefighters pumped two-feet of standing water from a home in the town.

Less severe flood alerts are active for the lower Nidd catchment and the lower Ure.

The flood alert area for the Nidd includes land around the lower Nidd and its tributaries including Sand Beck, Sike Beck, Pool Beck and Great Gutter.

For the lower Ure, the area at risk is low-lying land including agricultural land and local roads in the areas around Masham, Boroughbridge, Aldborough and Bishop Monkton.

Brighter is weather is expected this afternoon and tomorrow before further outbreaks of rain this weekend.

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