York in flood day 3

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September 27, 2012 by talkaboutyork

It is a stunning Autumn morning. Clear blue skies, bright sunshine, not a cloud in the sky. If you hadn’t been watching the news and just landed in the centre of York, you’d be forgiven for not realising that the River Ouse was at its highest in recent history (I’ve heard third highest ever). Because York is a city that knows how to do floods.

Every time there is a weather related disaster in the UK, the whole place seems to fall to bits with much finger pointing and ‘why weren’t we prepared’ type people spouting off on the telly.

But here in York it’s like a well oiled machine. Yes there are homes and businesses that are flooded and for them life is a bit pants right now. But the damage has been limited thanks to incredible flood barriers that somehow hold back a wall of water. Thanks also to the emergency crews who are pumping out buildings and rescuing people and thanks to the environmental agency who seems to actually know what is going on and what to do about it.

Like any other gorgeous morning in York, there were droves of people armed with cameras, only this time there were fewer pictures taken of the Minster and far more of the river five metres higher than it normally is. Five meters. Go measure that. It’s pretty huge.

A huge well done to the city of York for functioning so well despite the deluge. I know that there are traffic issues due to road closures and that it will take some businesses a long time to recover, but I think this could have been so much worse.

Here are a few pictures taken today with the water at it’s highest.

Scarborough bridge

From the top of a flood barrier – just a gate holding back all that water

Waterfront houses

The building underneath Pizza Express near Lendal Bridge

Water level under Lendal Bridge

The Perky Peacock

The Kings Arms

Queen’s Staith


Plonkers getting pumped out

Beer barrells floating


Another business affected

St Georges Field

Opposite Cliffords Tower


The people who are saving the day


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