Fears flooding will return after thaw
VILLAGERS in Burton Fleming are living in fear the floods will come back when the snow melts.
Much of the village was left under water for about three weeks after the Gypsey Race watercourse burst its banks over Christmas.
The authorities struggled to pump the water away because the ground was so saturated and it had nowhere to go.
Tony Gibson, who runs the Burton Arms and has a home on the Gypsey Race, said: "We are all trying to get life back to normal.
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"Everyone is keeping an eye on the Gypsey Race. It is quite high at the minute – at the top of the bank.
"When the snow melts there will be no capacity in the Gypsey Race to take the water, so it is a concern.
"Some serious action needs to be taken now. Time is not on our side."
The flooding was caused by high groundwater levels, with many families spending Christmas Day bailing out their homes.
Most roads in and out of the village were impassable and the emergency services struggled to pump away flood water.
There is currently one pump in operation, with a further two if needed.
John Skidmore, East Riding Council's head of streetscene services, said: "The water levels have reduced slightly which has enabled us to open Thwing Road.
"However, we still have the pump working in Front Street and we are having to carry out urgent repairs to potholes, which have occurred since the flooding.
"Sandbags are in place to protect and the gullies have been checked and are working."
Mr Skidmore said the council is now planning in light of the forecast for snow and rain later this week and over the weekend.
He said: "The water is still nowhere near the levels it was before, although water is still overlapping parts of the Gypsey Race.
"We are continuing to monitor the situation, but we are not sure how it will react during the thaw."