Flooding in Burton Fleming: Village is on the road to recovery
RECOVERY work at a village that has borne the brunt of East Riding flooding has started.
Parts of Burton Fleming have been under water since December 23.
Parish councillor Keith Wells said the water, which was as deep as 2ft in some areas, is now off the footpaths and away from homes.
"The water level has dropped to 40mm," he said.
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"However, in some homes, water is starting to rise inside.
"Submersible pumps are in use to clear water from inside the homes.
"I think there might be more damage than people think."
The flooding, which is the worst seen in the village for 65 years, started when the Gypsey Race watercourse burst its banks.
The surrounding ground, which is also saturated, has led to problems trying to pump the water away.
Teams from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and the Environment Agency had been working around the clock to pump water away from homes.
The fire service pump has now been taken away and there are currently four Environment Agency pumps working to clear the remaining water.
Mr Wells, who was at a meeting organised by East Riding Council at St Cuthbert's Church in the village on Saturday, said: "Emotions were running quite high at the meeting, which was attended by almost 100 people.
"People want to move on and find out what is going on.
"The next step is to get water off the highway and into the Gypsey Race.
"We are trying to keep the sandbags in place just in case we get more rain."
Despite the miserable Christmas, residents have rallied round, cooking meals and even offering baths and to people in need.
One woman cooked the fire service bangers and mash on Christmas Day.
Mr Wells said: "The villagers have been marvellous in pulling together.
"I've lived her 60 years and have never seen community spirit like this.
"Everyone has been helping everyone in any way they can."
Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding Council, said seven domestic and two commercial properties flooded.
He said: "The water levels are gradually going down.
"We are at the recovery stage of the work.
"Once the water has dispatched it could be days or weeks before it stops coming out of the ground."
Mr Leighton has said the situation will be monitored on a daily basis and plans are in place should there be more rain.
He said: "We are ready to deploy more sandbags should the weather deteriorate and we will continue with our presence on site.
"There are other ongoing flooding issues in the East Riding in Rawcliffe Bridge, Beverley, Hornsea, Driffield, Cherry Burton and Snaith.
"Over the next couple of weeks we will appoint an officer to do a full investigation in to Burton Fleming."