Motorists Rescued From Yorkshire Flooding

25 September 2012, 12:26

Six people have had to be rescued from vehicles stranded in floodwater in North Yorkshire overnight following heavy rain.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received more than 80 calls to incidents related to the rain.

Five people were rescued from their vehicles in the Skeeby area and one was rescued in Whashton.

Several cars had to be removed from standing floodwater on the A1, where the River Swale intersects the road at Brompton on Swale.

A fire service spokeswoman said the majority of calls were received between 4pm and 10pm on Monday. 

The worst hit areas are Leeds, Hebdon Bridge, Harrogate and Stamford Bridge as rivers there bust their banks.

And a large number of calls related to flooded properties in the Harrogate area, including a school at Summerbridge, where fire crews helped to place sandbags to try to divert the water away from the building.

The spokeswoman urged motorists to take extra care while out on the roads, although the situation was said to be improving.

She said: "There are high levels of standing water on the roads, therefore motorists should avoid driving through any floodwater and only make journeys if absolutely necessary until the weather conditions improve.'' 

Emergency services across Yorkshire have been pulling people from cars stranded in rising waters - the West Yorkshire Fire Service were called to Castleford and Brighouse where people had driven through high water and their cars had been swept away

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