Storm Dennis: Advice and information

We are still feeling the effects of Storm Dennis across North Yorkshire. This information and advice is designed to assist you should you be affected.

Road closures - Updated

A number of roads in North Yorkshire are currently closed due to Storm Dennis. Read the latest roads closures here. Please respect road closure signs and do not drive through flood water.

Observing road closed signs

During Storm Ciara, there were instances of people removing road closed signs and driving into flood water. Even if the flood water has receded, bridges and other structures may need to be inspected to ensure they are safe for use. Not only is removing signs dangerous, it is an offence.

Staying safe around water

River levels could continue to rise as yesterday’s rain travels down from higher ground.

Please consider taking any necessary action to protect yourselves & your property.

Don’t go near rivers or drive into flood water. Check https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk for more information.

Ice on wet roads

Falling temperatures could result in ice on wet road surfaces across the county.

We will be operating our gritting service where necessary, however, motorists are warned to take additional care as below-zero road surface temperatures could impact on many routes.

In the event of a power cut

If you suffer a power cut as a result of storm damage call Northern Powergrid by dialling 105. 

When to contact the police

If there is an emergency and there is a threat to life, call police on 999.

If it’s not an emergency and you want to contact police to pass on information or report a general concern, please dial 101.

With Storm Dennis approaching, North Yorkshire Police say they are expecting 101 lines to be very busy this weekend. If waiting times are increasing you can request a call back on 101, just press 1 when prompted.

Police also advise that you consider installing the What3Words app onto your mobile phone, in case you need police assistance.

Please keep up to date with local weather reports and visit the Environment Agency’s website for the latest flood alerts in your area.

Drive according to the road conditions and don’t ignore road closure signs as they are closed for your safety.

Driving in rain or on wet or flooded roads

Wet road surfaces are a big hazard in wet weather. Please allow extra time for your journey, respect road closure signs and do not drive through flood water.

When driving in heavy rain:

  • turn your headlights on;
  • keep a safe distance behind other cars - stopping distances can be double compared to dry weather;
  • make sure your windscreen wipers are in good condition.

Aquaplaning happens when the water on the road forms a cushion in between the road surface and your tyres. This can cause your car to skid or glide and you can lose control. It's a good idea to:

  • keep low speeds when there are wet roads; and
  • avoid braking hard.

When driving through standing water:

  • avoid standing water where possible;
  • don't drive into flood water;
  • drive slowly and steadily so you don’t make a bow wave;
  • test your brakes as soon as you can afterwards;
  • fast-moving water is very powerful, take care or your car could be swept away.

More tips and advice on driving in the rain can be found at Safe Driving for Life.

Get more advice on driving in wet or winter weather.

Prepare for flooding

If you are at risk of flooding this information provided by the Government may be of use.

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Planning ahead

Storm Dennis brought heavy rain and high winds to North Yorkshire. Below are the measures we took to combat its effect:

  • An army of multi-agency experts, led by ourselves, is working with the Met Office and the Environment Agency to track where the strong winds and heavy rain are most likely to hit.
  • We are between two significant storms and are doing everything we can to clean up after Ciara, opening roads and checking bridges and supporting those affected and getting ready for Storm Dennis.
  • Combined with melting snow on some high ground and the fact that a lot of land is already saturated following the floods left by Ciara last weekend, we are focused on targeting resources where the impacts of further rain are most likely.
  • We are working flat out to clear out drains at known hotspots, getting sandbags ready and undertaking repairs to road surfaces damaged last weekend.
  • Our teams will be on the ground doing everything they can to keep people safe and to support communities before, during and after this weather event.
  • With the emergency services and our communities – parishes and district councils and local community groups-  we are putting joint working plans in place and Ready for Anything volunteers are on standby to help communities in the event of further flooding.
  • We advise people to watch the weather forecast from the Met Office and consider whether there is action they need to take and to keep a close eye on travel conditions. We urge people travelling to heed flood warnings or any road closures we need to put in place.