The Environment Agency is warning communities along the River Ouse and its tributaries in Yorkshire to be prepared for more flooding today, as water levels continue to rise.
The rivers Swale, Ure and Derwent in North Yorkshire are being closely monitored by the Environment Agency, as high river levels threaten to cause further flooding in towns such as Ripon, Borough Bridge and Tadcaster.
Emergency teams from the Environment Agency have been working through the night to shore up defences, monitor river levels, clear blockages from watercourses and pump out flood water from towns. At Snaith, near Leeds, the Environment Agency is working to reinforce existing flood defences to protect the town.
105,000 people warned
Latest figures show that around 400 properties have flooded across the country since Sunday. The Environment Agency has sent over 105,000 warnings to people at risk of flooding, and flood defences across the country have protected over 18,500 properties.
Disruption to road and rail networks continues, and people travelling today are being reminded to stay out of dangerous flood waters, and not attempt to drive or walk through them.
The Met Office has forecast rain to ease across much of northern England this morning, before returning to the North East later today, with southern and central England also seeing heavy showers throughout the day.
Alison Baptiste, Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency, said: 'Flooding has a devastating impact on people, families and communities, and our thoughts are with those who have flooded this week.
We would urge people, especially in the north of England, to continue to be prepared for flooding, sign up for free flood warnings, keep up to date with the latest situation, and stay away from dangerous flood water.
'Our teams have been out around the clock over the last few days to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding and we are continuing to deploy teams across the country to keep communities safe.'
Those in areas at risk should check the Environment Agency website for the latest information and sign up for free flood warnings on the Environment Agency’s website or by calling the Environment Agency Flood Line on 0845 988 1188.
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