On standby to fight flooding with three pumps: Burton Fleming villagers prepared for the worst
RESIDENTS in Burton Fleming fear further flooding.
No homes are believed to have been flooded this week, but South Street has been closed due to standing water, caused by the recent rain.
East Riding Council has reinforced the sandbags along the Gypsey Race and three pumps are in operation in the village.
Parish councillor Keith Wells said all the immediate work that can be done has been done to prevent further flooding.
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"The council has done a good job and is certainly more prepared than it was," he said.
Much of the village was left under water for about three weeks after the Gypsey Race 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.
Mr Wells said: "We are watching the weather forecast.
"It is very difficult for residents. One told me water has been coming up again from under his floorboards and another told me he doesn't dare leave his home in case he needs to bail out water."
The previous 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.
The water levels had begun to decrease, but with the recent rain and snow, Mr Wells says they have risen.
Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding Council, said: "The council has an ongoing presence on site in Burton Fleming to support residents and reduce the risk of further flooding in the village.
"Following the rapid thaw over the weekend and the rain earlier this week, coupled with already saturated ground conditions, it is fair to say that the actions taken by the council and its partners have reduced the risk of further flooding in Burton Fleming at present.
"The council has deployed extra sandbags to reinforce those already placed along the water course to prevent the beck overtopping. Three pumps located in the village are also continuing to operate 24/7.
"The council continues to monitor the weather closely and will respond to any changes as necessary. We remain on permanent standby. "