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How Hull is responding to flooding

Following yesterday’s downpour, a number of leisure services have been affected.

Sutton Park Golf Course remains closed due to waterlogged grounds and the local authority’s amateur football and rugby pitches will not be in use over the weekend.

Gully cleansing crews worked through the night to protect properties from flooding, saving potential damage ten houses in Bexhill Avenue with the help of a new water pump. Sandbags have also been placed at Oldfleet Primary School as a precautionary measure.

A temporary road closure is in place in Oslo Road due to surface water and Bexhill Avenue remains accessible for residents only due to some issues from the Oldfleet drain embankment.

Hull City Council’s housing team are also out visiting properties that reported flooding in Paxdale and Pilots Way.

Councillor Mike Thompson, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, communities and environment, said: “Planning and preparing for flood risk is a vital job at Hull City Council and I would like to thank all of our teams for pulling together and tackling the heavy downpour we’ve had over the last few weeks.

“Whilst we are managing the risk by working closely with our partners such as the Environment Agency and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, my thoughts go out to those affected by flooding in our neighbouring authorities.”

Hull has the second highest number of properties at flood risk in the UK outside of London, with 98 per cent of the city defined as at ‘high risk’ of flooding, and yesterday the city experienced 42mm of rainfall in just 24 hours. So far this month 113mm of rain has fallen in Hull, with averages usually reaching just around 60mm during November.

Cllr Thompson continued: “Alongside our partners, we have already done a huge amount of work to tackle flood risk from a range of sources including tidal, river, surface water, ground water and sewers.

To keep up-to-date with flood advice, visit the website here.

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