Yorkshire Battered By Storms

Yorkshire braced itself for downpours and gale force winds over the last few days.

Fire crews were called out all across the county to deal with loads of different incidents.

Humberside Police urged motorists to take care after a number of trees fell down overnight, but they say so far no-one was injured.

A spokesman said trees have been blocking roads or causing obstructions in areas of Grimsby, Hull, Bridlington, Driffield and Snaith.

He said a vehicle hit a large branch in the road in Beverley in East Yorkshire, but there were no injuries, and a brick wall collapsed in Healing, near Grimsby, blocking a pavement.

The spokesman said: “Motorists are urged to take extra care and beware of obstructions that may have blown into the road, and pedestrians are also asked to take extra care as numerous trees have blown down and more may do so before the winds calm down.”

The Humber Bridge and the M62 over the Ouse Bridge, near Howden, are both closed to high-sided vehicles.

North Yorkshire Fire Service said crews had been called out to flooding at a number of homes in the Skipton area and firefighters used a boat to help rescue a barge which was in danger of overturning when it was caught on the River Ouse in central York.

The brigade said a lorry driver was taken to hospital when an HGV overturned on the A1 at Leeming and crews were called to two incidents of cars trapped in flood water - one in Acaster Malbis, near York, and the other at Embsay, near Skipton.

They are also warning drivers to take care near flooded areas.

A spokesman said "Motorists should under no circumstances try to driver through flood water, they don't know how deal it is or if there's any dips in the road, and they will inevitably get stuck."

Residents in Steeton spent 2 days with no gas, and had to get electric heaters to stay warm, Northern Gas Network managed to get all the homes back up and running on Wednesday evening.