Flooding and severe weather
Flooding and severe weather are placed either high or very high on the community risk register. North Yorkshire is especially prone to flooding and more recently bouts of severely cold and extreme weather.
North Yorkshire has become used to suffering the effects of flooding and severe weather in recent years. The local resilience forum through partnership working, has done its very best to plan for and mitigate the effects.
Successful partnership work between the Environment Agency and the Met Office has proved successful and together they have developed several ways of giving the public a high level of accuracy and as much notice as possible for such events.
A national Flood Warnings Direct system is run by the Environment Agency. This gives people within flood risk areas advance notice of rising river levels and chances of flooding.
The Met Office provide public and professional partners with a variety of weather warnings which can be found on their website and often on news/weather updates on television.
A Flood Forecasting Centre has been created by the Environment Agency and the Met Office which looks at weather forecasts and gives a prediction of likely floods for the next 5 days. The service is for every part of the country.
Further information on severe weather and flooding can be found on the 'flooding' and 'severe weather' pages of this website and also on the agencies individual website at the links below.