Warning as winter starts to bite

Overturned lorry on A64 between Seamer and Staxton.'120112b. Picture Kevin Allen.'03/01/12.
Overturned lorry on A64 between Seamer and Staxton.'120112b. Picture Kevin Allen.'03/01/12.
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A BUSY road was closed for hours following a freak rush-hour accident as torrential rain and high winds battered Scarborough.

A BUSY road was closed for hours following a freak rush-hour accident as torrential rain and high winds battered Scarborough.

SBC workmen deal with large tree blown down by high winds on North Leys Avenue. 120110b. Picture Kevin Allen. 03/01/12.

SBC workmen deal with large tree blown down by high winds on North Leys Avenue. 120110b. Picture Kevin Allen. 03/01/12.

A large section of the A64 between Seamer and Staxton was shut by police after high winds overturned a heavy-good vehicle at 8.45am yesterday, bringing traffic to a halt.

The Seamer bypass between the roundabout on the B1261 and the roundabout to the A1039 Filey route was shut until around mid-day as police cleared the vehicle.

The driver escaped unharmed after the accident, which was just one of several incidents in Scarborough yesterday as winds in the region reached speeds of up to 60mph.

A tree in North Leas Avenue, near Northstead Primary School, was hurled to the ground after it was uprooted by vicious winds.

Residents in Newby awoke to find Moor Lane Field under half a foot of water as overnight downpours left Scarborough soaked.

Newby resident Stuart Gething described the scene, saying: “The field is totally waterlogged.

“If you go in it, the water goes over the top of your boots. If you did have to go out in it, you would need some pretty good wellies.”

The area has struggled with flooding in the past, and the issue has become the focus point for campaigners attempting to persuade the council not to sell the field to developers, who plan to build affordable housing on the land.

Mr Gething, who has vehemently opposed the sale, added: “The flooding seems even worse than last year, after all the snow melted.”

Trains from Scarborough train station were running as usual, although passengers were being urged not to travel north of Newcastle due to the conditions in Scotland, which has seen several stations, including Edinburgh Waverley, closed.

Information on road conditions is available on the Highways Agency website or by calling the Highways Agency Information Line at 0300 123 5000.