River levels slowly falling after floods

A flooded road in Malton this week
A flooded road in Malton this week
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RIVER levels on the River Derwent throughout Ryedale were continuing to fall slowly yesterday as thoughts turned to how to stop problems happening again.

Pumps were still in use at key sites in the Malton, Old Malton and Norton areas and some road closures remain following last week’s floods.

Ryedale District Council warned that groundwater levels were still rising but said officials were monitoring the situation. County Bridge which connects Malton and Norton has re-opened.

Coun Martin Dales, town councillor, said yesterday that following the flooding last week, an urgent review was needed to stop it happening again. As reported the Yorkshire Post last week as many as 60 homes in Old Malton were threatened by a lake of water contaminated with sewage after the town’s flood defences were “outmanoeuvred” by its ageing drainage system. Nine heavy duty pumps were deployed to tackle the threat.

Coun Dale said the area had “inadequate twin sewage pipes”.

A spokesman for Yorkshire Water said: “Over the last few weeks, Yorkshire Water has worked tirelessly alongside the Environment Agency, the local council and the emergency services to do everything we can to protect local communities from flooding following the heavy and prolonged rainfall.

“With the massive operation we’ve had on the ground now coming to a conclusion, we’ll be working together as a partnership to understand just what happened in Malton and what we can all do in the future to further reduce the risk of flooding in the area.”