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Flooding devastates York

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Hundreds of people in York are being evacuated because of “nightmare” flooding. It continues to batter and destroy parts of northern England.

Up to 3,500 houses in the city of York are at risk and between 300 and 400 people are being evacuated. Six severe flood warnings have gone out around York after the rivers Foss and Ouse have burst their banks.

The military, RNLI, Police, NHS, Fire Brigade, Environment Agency and many volunteers are helping to rescue people, make lots of sandbags and, where possible, getting the water out of the houses. Many people living near the River Foss are still trapped in their homes. One lady got a piggy back off a man to get across the street full of water. The water was up to their knees!

The Foss’s flood barrier failed so York got flooded; the military had to fly in more generators to protect people and to stop further flooding.

Erica Hammill, who runs Hotel 53, said, “Our hotel guests have to climb out of the ground floor windows to get out because the reception is flooded and damaged.

“It is a nightmare, we are getting supplies such as sand bags to clean it up, but the water is still coming back in!”

f5Sarah Labin, who owns a cafe-bar, says that they had to close in the night after it began to flood in the cellar but in the morning it was even worse.” The water was at the top of the cellar’s ceiling causing them to evacuate.

After being rescued from her home, one resident said, “I didn’t think it would reach us because we are raised off the ground and have three floors but the water still got to the steps!”

One man exclaimed, ” It is really alarming. The whole city is flooded; it is really extreme; I’ve never seen anything like this. Half of York is underwater!”

People are feeling worried and anxious; many are exhausted.

Staff at York’s Jorvik Viking Centre built a barricade to try to keep water back. Important artefacts have been saved, but the museum will now be closed for the foreseeable future.

Sarah Maltby, from the museum, said: “We’re devastated by the scale of the water incursion in what, until now, had been a watertight basement.”

With more stormy weather forecast, the situation is likely to get worse.

 

Charlotte, Year 6

Burgh School