Fire crews return from flood-hit York

Water Rescue teams from Sleaford, Spalding and Gainsborough have been assisting in the Leeds and York area with flooding problems since Boxing Day, but have now all returned home. EMN-160101-101011001
Water Rescue teams from Sleaford, Spalding and Gainsborough have been assisting in the Leeds and York area with flooding problems since Boxing Day, but have now all returned home. EMN-160101-101011001

Firecrews from Lincolnshire have been stood down and sent home after assisting with the floods in North Yorkshire.

Swift water rescue crews from Sleaford, Spalding and Gainsborough were mobilised after the floods hit the York area on Boxing Day and have been on site at Tadcaster helping protect infrastructure and assisting residents and businesses stranded by the flood waters.

Water Rescue teams from Sleaford, Spalding and Gainsborough have been assisting in the Leeds and York area with flooding problems since Boxing Day, but have now all returned home. EMN-160101-101022001

Water Rescue teams from Sleaford, Spalding and Gainsborough have been assisting in the Leeds and York area with flooding problems since Boxing Day, but have now all returned home. EMN-160101-101022001

The town’s ancient bridge dramatically collapsed under the weight of the River Wharfe’s flood water.

Group Manager Tim Joyce, who is at the county’s central command centre, said: “We’ve had a crew from Spalding in the York and Leeds areas since Boxing Day, rescuing people and animals from their homes and taking them to safety. For example, we’ve rescued a number of people and their pets from narrow boats in Leeds City Centre, as well as helping to keep vulnerable people safe in York.”

Tadcaster Bridge collapsed exposing gas pipes and prompting fears of an explosion. Nearby homes were evacuated but residents have since been allowed back.

Water Rescue teams from Sleaford, Spalding and Gainsborough have been assisting in the Leeds and York area with flooding problems since Boxing Day, but have now all returned home. EMN-160101-101032001

Water Rescue teams from Sleaford, Spalding and Gainsborough have been assisting in the Leeds and York area with flooding problems since Boxing Day, but have now all returned home. EMN-160101-101032001