Video: River Hull flooding destroys farmers' crops in fields north of Beverley
FLOOD water is destroying fields of crops and putting livestock at risk, East Yorkshire farming leaders are warning.
The National Farmers' Union (NFU) is pressing the Environment Agency to step up pumping operations to reduce the flood water that is wiping out thousands of pounds worth of crops.
Industry leaders are warning the floods will be a financial disaster for stricken farmers whose land remains under water.
Livestock farmer Elizabeth Harrison, of Wilfholme, north of Beverley, said five parishes are flooded in the area.
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She said: "We are right next to the pumping station and the pumps have not been going properly over the last four days.
"Farmland in the area is flooded, crops are ruined and farmers are having to move their livestock.
"It's washed fences away so there's no fences for livestock in places."
Mrs Harrison, who farms at Three Jolly Tars, said the floods are a disaster for East Riding farmers.
She said: "I don't know what farmers will do.
"We can't get in and out with tractors. We can't get onto the land, it's completely horrendous."
Mrs Harrison also warned walkers are putting themselves at risk by walking alongside flooded waterways, including Barmston Drain.
She said: "Walkers don't realise it's dangerous. They are trying to walk through the area and the water is waist deep in places."
James Copeland, NFU spokesman for East Yorkshire, said talks are under way with the Environment Agency in a bid to maximise pumping operations in the area.
He said: "We are in discussions with the Environment Agency to put the case to them.
"They are aware of the issues and they are operating pumps manually to optimise their efforts to get the water out."
Mr Copeland said the floods are disastrous for many farmers.
He said: "The whole of East Yorkshire is suffering, there's a lot of different farming businesses there.
"It will be a major financial worry for a lot of those farmers."
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "The heavy rainfall we've seen over the past few weeks has left river and groundwater levels very high at the moment, so we would expect to see excess water in fields and water storage areas across the region.
"This area is particularly susceptible to water accumulation because the land is lower than the level of the sea and rivers.
"We've also had some high tides this week, which cause water courses to back up.
"However, we are working our pumps to remove water in a number of locations across the region to reduce flood risk and we expect river levels to drop over the next few days."