Flooding causes destruction in Whitby

Another landslide has caused further damage to the house below Aelfleda Terrace''w124710c
Another landslide has caused further damage to the house below Aelfleda Terrace''w124710c

Demolition work was expected to get under way in Whitby today after a landslide left five homes unsafe.

The cottages became structurally unsound after heavy rain caused subsidence in gardens in Aelfleda Terrace.

Scarborough Borough Council has stressed that work will need to be carried out in a “steady, step by step approach” due to the danger of collapse.

Yesterday the local authority said it was liaising with English Heritage about building a temporary road to get equipment on to the site.

Meanwhile the flood-relief effort in Ryedale is continuing as water levels on the River Derwent remain high.

A range of agencies have been working around the clock to tackle the effects and potential impact of the flood water.

Those involved include teams from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Environment Agency and the Highways Agency, with the operation co-ordinated by North Yorkshire Police.

County Bridge, which spans the river between Malton and Norton, remains closed due to the rising water.

Engineers from North Yorkshire County Council are monitoring the situation, but they are satisfied that the structure can withstand the current and predicted water levels.

High volume pumps have been deployed at Malton, Old Malton and Norton by the Environment Agency, Ryedale District Council and North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue to help alleviate the flood defences and stabilise the flow of water.

These measures are minimising the potential impact of the flooding. The situation is under constant review.

Despite the very challenging conditions, only a small number of properties have been affected by flood water in the Ryedale area during the past two days.

Roads in and around Malton, Old Malton and Norton continue to be affected by flooding.

Motorists are urged to follow the designated diversion routes and to drive with extra care, particularly as a drop in temperature over the next few days is expected to cause icy road conditions.

Inspector Andy Everitt, of the Malton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The sheer effort, professionalism and team work displayed by all the agencies involved in the flood relief operation in Ryedale, has been impressive.

“By working together to form a co-ordinated emergency response, each agency has played a critical role in protecting our communities from the very real danger and destruction that flooding can bring.

He added: “We greatly appreciate the patience and understanding that has been shown by local people.”