Yorkshire faces third weekend of flooding as Storm Jorge hits region

Parts of East Yorkshire have been flooded as the region marks its third weekend of severe weather.

Floods in the town of East Cowick, Yorkshire, after heavy rain and strong winds brought by Storm Jorge battered the UK overnight. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

Warnings remained in place on Saturday, with towns including West Cowick and Lidgate affected by rising water levels along the River Aire.

There were a total of six flood alerts for across Yorkshire, as issued by the Environment Agency, on Saturday.

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Areas highlighted as being most at risk were the Upper River Calder, Lower River Nidd, Lower River Aire, Tidal River Ouse from Naburn Lock to Selby, Tidal River Wharfe, and the Wyke, Meanwood and Wortley Becks in Leeds.

Floods in the town of East Cowick, Yorkshire, after heavy rain and strong winds brought by Storm Jorge battered the UK overnight. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

Meanwhile, the Met Office said a wind-chill factor is currently making temperatures feel close to freezing.

England has had more than 200% of its average February rainfall, according to the Environment Agency, with some areas getting a month's worth in 24 hours.

Heavy rain which started with Storm Ciara continued with Storm Dennis and now Jorge has contributed to record river levels which have seen safety teams put in "Herculean efforts" to erect flood defences.

The Environment Agency said 1,000 staff per day have worked on flood defences and pumps, clearing debris and repairing damaged defences, erecting 3.7 miles of barriers.

Floods in the town of East Cowick, Yorkshire, after heavy rain and strong winds brought by Storm Jorge battered the UK overnight. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

The body warned the country needs to brace itself for "more frequent periods of extreme weather like this" because of climate change.