Storm Dennis is a menace but Yorkshire escapes flooding repeat February 17, 2020

Storm Dennis brought a new menace across Yorkshire over the weekend of February 15-16, with more high winds and heavy rain.

But as the heaviest rain blew swiftly away towards the east, much of Yorkshire escaped the severity of flooding seen in the region during Storm Ciara a week earlier and during Storm Dennis in other parts of Britain, especially in South Wales.

Several rivers were given flood warnings, but there were no severe flood warnings in Yorkshire.

Flood warnings remained in place on some rivers for Monday when river levels in some downstream places were peaking. This included the River Ouse around York, where a peak level of 4.8 metres was anticipated.

Rotherham Central station, next to the River Don in South Yorkshire, which was hit for several days by flooding in November, was again flooded with no trains operating until 4pm on Monday as Network Rail worked to pump out water, repair damaged equipment and carry out safety inspections. Trams continued to be cancelled after that time. The station was recently extensively modified to take a Sheffield tram service on the same tracks as trains.

There were also sea flood warnings for the South Bay at Scarborough in North Yorkshire for the high tides on Sunday night and Monday morning, when there were expected to be overtopping waves.

The previous weekend Storm Ciara flooded towns along the River Calder in the Calderdale and Kirklees metropolitan districts of West Yorkshire. It prompted questions about the time being taken to install flood defences and whether river levels could be better controlled, particularly as moorland reservoirs were again overspilling. During the week after Storm Ciara, river levels in York rose to 4.2 metres and flood defences on the River Ouse were put to the test.

See pictures and more about Storm Ciara.


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