New flood alert for East Yorkshire villagers as heavy rain to return
PEOPLE in a flood-hit village are bracing themselves for more rain this week.
Residents in Burton Fleming breathed a sigh of relief over the weekend after they woke to find their homes water-free.
Despite the water level in the Gypsey Race watercourse rising by about 4in, flooding was only seen on some roads in the village.
Water levels were controlled with the help of three pumps supplied by East Riding Council, which have been working non-stop since December 23.
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John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at the council, said they will continue to monitor water levels with more rain forecast this week.
He said: "We were concerned the melting snow would cause some problems because of how saturated the ground was, but the pumps have done their job and have controlled the level.
"We have got three pumps working constantly and water levels have remained fairly constant.
"The problem is that we just don't know how much water is underground so that is why we have been keeping a very close eye on the situation."
The village was hit by the worst flooding for 65 years over the festive period, causing widespread damage to homes.
With the ground saturated, water came up from underground through people's floorboards.
Families spent Christmas Day bailing out their homes and concerns were raised about the speed of the council's response to the flooding.
Mr Skidmore said the council is doing everything it can to prevent more damage.
He said: "Some residents were left devastated by the flooding over Christmas so it is vitally important that we do all we can to control any flooding.
"For residents living adjacent to Gypsey Race, it is an uncertain time as they don't know what the impact will be and that is why we have been, and will continue to do, everything we can to limit the immediate damage as well as looking to longer term plans."
Residents in the village have praised the council for its help but say more needs to be done.
Tony Gibson, of Bridlington Road, said: "Water levels have remained about the same because of the pumping but we are not gaining any ground.
"The issue still remains that the problems downstream are causing a build-up of water in the village.
"It is absolutely imperative the council or the landowners look at that because we cannot have a repeat of what happened at Christmas.
"People are still out of their homes and we don't want to be back to square one.
"If we are at capacity now with three pumps working then there must be another problem."
While flooding has been kept to a minimum by the pumps, the uncertainty of whether flood water will return to the village this week has meant residents have kept sandbags in place.