Bridlington escapes floods, other areas not so lucky

Flooding in fields looking across to Skipsea Castle. (PA1248-1c)
Flooding in fields looking across to Skipsea Castle. (PA1248-1c)

BRIDLINGTON had a lucky escape after torrential downpours left parts of the East Riding underwater at the start of the week.

Despite heavy rainfall across the county Bridlington remained largely flood-free, however standing water at Beaconsfield carpark in Promenade prevented motorists from using the facility at the start of the week.

Flood warnings were issued for Bridlington on Thursday 22 November and again on Saturday 24 November by the Environment Agency.

Junior football matches at all pitches in Bridlington were cancelled on Sunday November 25, along with two games from the Driffield League on Saturday November 24 at Duke’s Park and Matson Road due to waterlogged pitches.

The surrounding villages of Skipsea and Lissett suffered flooding across farm land and last Monday a number of roads were closed in the county, including part of the A614 near Bainton due to surface water.

Councillor Jerry Loft, chairman of Skipsea Parish Council, said: “Obviously it affects all the farm land around because it is all under water.

“Without a shadow of a doubt the farmers have been affected, there is two to three feet of water on the farm land, it is just like a mere.

“It would be an idea to clear out Barmston drain, it happens every year. It is financially disastrous.

“Luckily where it is flooding it is all grassland but you have still got to graze your animals.”

Over 30 call outs were made to Humberside Fire Service on Sunday 25 November due to the floods in the East Riding.

Matt Thompson of Yorkshire Water said: “We feel desperately sorry for anyone who has been flooded. Alongside local councils and the Environment Agency, we have a huge operation currently underway to support those people who have suffered from flooding and do what we can to help reduce the risk of further flooding across the region.”

Comments on the floods poured onto the Bridlington Free Press’ Facebook page. Jenny Sheldon said: “Beaconsfield car park flooded again, the drains can’t cope with heavy rain, but it was virtually covered over this weekend.”

Paula Jewitt said: “Football was cancelled for scorpion rangers U8 - my son was gutted.”

Information on how to protect your home from flooding and what to do if you are flooded can be found at yorkshirewater.com or www.eastriding.gov.uk.