Statement: Flooding in Snaith
25 February 2020
Environment Agency statement on today flooding along the River Aire at Snaith:
“A small number of properties in the Snaith washland in the lower Aire have flooded. The Snaith washland is immediately to the north of the town and is the last washland along the right bank of the lower Aire.
Our community information officers and an incident command unit in the area supporting residents. We are working with our partners - Selby District Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service - throughout the night to help protect the local community.
We are monitoring the situation and have contingency plans in place if the washlands exceed capacity. This would include working with the internal drainage board to identify locations to pump when the river levels start to fall.
The lower Aire washlands are designed to provide flood storage to help manage flood risk on the tidal lower Aire and prevent properties from flooding.
Gowdall washland filled this morning and the Snaith washland is now filling. Water is also coming in from the (tidal) River Aire. They have been operating as designed, however over the next day or two they may fill to capacity from the very high volumes of water in the system.
We expect levels to remain high for the next few days. Washland levels will not fall until river levels drop."
Residents are urged to sign up for the EA's free flood warning service by contacting Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or visiting www.gov.uk/flood, check the current Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings in place at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/map and stay up to date with the latest flood information on their website at https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding