Flood defences tested as Cottingham, Beverley and Goole affected
RESIDENTS have been battling to keep water out of their homes while roads across the region were flooded after heavy rain and strong winds battered East Yorkshire over the weekend.
The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings at North Cave Beck and Pocklington Beck and flood alerts for the upper catchment areas of the River Hull, Holderness and the Market Weighton Canal as water levels rose. Click here for the latest flooding updates.
There were reports yesterday of some houses near Beverley Westwood flooding.
The Met Office also has a weather warning in place for today.
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Although the sun broke out yesterday afternoon, further heavy rain was expected overnight, with fears it could cause further flooding on already saturated ground.
Goole has been badly hit by flooding recently. Despite escaping relatively unscathed over the weekend, the town's MP Andrew Percy expressed fears further rain could cause major problems.
He said: "I drove around some of the flooding hotspots in Goole and they seemed OK.
"But the worry is further rain overnight, which could cause problems as the ground is already soaking wet.
"We had some problems in the nearby village of Airmyn with blocked drains.
"But the recent flooding in Goole has been due to intense rainfall in a short period of time. This time it is not so intense.
"Yorkshire Water has also increased the pumping capacity by 20 per cent which will help."
New flood defences also seem to be holding up at Burstwick, near Hedon, which was hit badly by the floods of 2007.
But resident Ron Smith believes further rain would really test them.
He said: "We only really see the impact 12 to 18 hours after it rains, so the water levels were starting to rise yesterday afternoon.
"With a similar amount of rain on Sunday night, it means our defences will be really tested and it is a worry.
"The water levels at Burstwick Drain are quite high, rising above two metres.
"We only practiced using the pumps on Saturday, which are working fine."
Yesterday, the A63 around Brough proved hazardous for drivers, with dangerous amounts of standing water, while there was a 30mph speed restriction on the Humber Bridge, due to the strong winds.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service received a large number of calls about the risk of homes flooding.
Crews had to pump water out of one home in Eppleworth, near Cottingham, while its own station in Goole was also affected.
A spokesman for the fire service said: "We attended a large number of localised flooding incidents across the area, due to the heavy rain.
"There were a number of dangerous roads across the region that became hazardous, making driving dangerous.
"The rain also caused the ground to become saturated in places, which created a risk of water entering some people's homes.
"Crews did have to pump out a home in Westfield Road in Eppleworth but it was not deep water.
"Although we coped well with situation, we received a high number of calls."
As well as the A63, roads in Leconfield and Goole were affected.
Sport across the region was hit, with the Hull Boys' Sunday Football League fixtures decimated by the poor weather.
Mike Burton, of the league, said: "We had very few games go ahead.
"Those that did were mainly played on 3G pitches.
"I drove from Beverley into Hull and it was clear most of the fields had a lot of standing water on them.
"Hopefully, the weather will improve over the coming weeks and the teams will be able to play their fixtures."
The Met Office has a weather warning in place for East Yorkshire today but the rain should ease off. Further heavy rain is expected overnight but it should get drier as the week progresses.