Drivers thanked for support and urged to keep heeding road closures

This story was published 3 November 2020

Residents of North Yorkshire have been thanked for their support and encouraged to continue to heed road closure signs as flooding affects roads in parts of the county.

Highways officer at Masham flooding

Heavy rain fell on parts of the county on Sunday night and Monday, particularly the Dales and the Harrogate and Craven districts.

Every available highway officer from the County Council’s depots based in each of the affected districts was out checking on roads from very early morning to identify problems and alert road users. The officers were supported by crews from the council’s highways contractor, Ringway, to close roads, erect warning signs and deploy sandbags where needed. This work is ongoing and will continue until the recovery is complete.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive member for Access, said: “I would like to thank the County Council's highways teams for their rapid reactions to the flooding incidents in various parts of the county. I am grateful too for the support from members of the public who heeded the road closures and provided details of problems as they encountered them.

“Flood waters are now receding, but our officers will remain very busy as they deal with the effects of the flooding. 

“Only when officers have been able to sweep the roads and inspect their condition will we know for certain that the highway is safe to reopen. For that reason, we do ask drivers to obey road closure signs and to keep themselves and everyone else safe.”

About a dozen roads remained closed today (Tuesday), with others passable with care. The position is updated regularly here.