Flooding - be prepared

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If you're affected by flooding and need immediate help, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101.  If it's an emergency, please call 999.

Flood warnings

The latest information about flood warnings can be found via the Environment Agency website.  Where possible, we also give information about flood warnings via our Twitter feed and on Facebook. A number of other organisations post information and advice about flooding via Twitter, and you may also wish to follow these feeds.


For recorded flood warning information, or to speak to an operator for general information and advice 24 hours a day, telephone Floodline on 0845 988 1188.  You can also call this number to register for Floodline Warnings Direct.  This free service provides flood warnings direct to you by landline or mobile phone.

Flood warnings are broadcast on many local TV and radio stations during weather and traffic bulletins.

Transport information

The A19 has been closed in both directions between Chapel Haddlesey and Wand Lane.  This is because of damage from recent flooding. Diversion routes are in place. More information is available from North Yorkshire County Council's Highways team.

Click here to see the latest road closures across North Yorkshire.  There are a number of other closures across the district.  This information is held by North Yorkshire County Council.  Please do not drive through flood water or remove any road closure barriers.  These are in place for everyone's safety.

Special information for Temple Hirst and Hirst Courtney

A number of areas along the River Aire are being affected by flooding.  Our staff are on the ground supporting those directly affected, alongside the Environment Agency, County Council and Fire Service.  We’ve delivered over 1,000 sandbags to the area.  Where these go is prioritised for those properties and areas most in need.

If you’re directly affected by flooding, in the first instance you should call North Yorkshire Police on 101.  In an emergency, please call 999.  Click here to find out more about the situation.

Keep safe around flood water

Flood water can be dangerous.  Please do not walk or drive through it.

  • Just a few inches of flood water can knock you off your feet, with powerful undercurrents.
  • You can't see any hazards in the flood water, for example manhole covers often come unstuck during flooding.
  • It's difficult to gauge how deep the water is.
  • Flood water can be contaminated.

What does Selby District Council do in cases of flooding?

We work with the Environment Agency, Police, Fire & Rescue Service and other support organisations to provide help to residents and businesses affect by flooding.  The distribution of sandbags  is prioritised for vulnerable people and vital community facilities.  In cases of serious flooding we have arrangements to distribute sandbags to central locations within affected communities.  People can then decide how best to use these within their own areas.

If you need to speak to us about flooding issues please call 01757 705101, which includes out-of-hours support.

Click here to find out more about flooding support.