Following a forecast of further persistent heavy rain across North Yorkshire, river levels are expected to rise quickly to 4.4 to 4.8 metres by Thursday night (21 Jan).

City of York Council is reminding residents to travel safely.

People who are making essential journeys, or who are walking, cycling or running as part of their daily exercise are asked to take extra care to avoid flooded areas, such as riverside paths and cycle ways.

The council has acted quickly to put in place defences to protect routes that are most likely to be affected, and has written to residents who may be affected to provide them advice and support. Routes affected include:

Main Roads affected

Note: Anticipated times indicated - times will be affected by rate of rise of river level

  • Clementhorpe – closed at Terry Avenue junction.
  • Main Street Nether Poppleton – Closed later today
  • Naburn Lane – Closed later today
  • Fordlands Rd – Closed tomorrow morning. A scaffold walk way is being put in place on the left hand side of the road entering Fordland’s road this evening (Wednesday 20th January).  Whilst the walk way is being constructed, a single lane will be maintained for vehicular access until the road is covered by flood water.
  • Skeldergate – Closed tomorrow morning – Bus services will be diverted via Tower Street
  • Knavesmire Rd – Closed tomorrow
  • Bishopthorpe Rd near Crematorium – one lane closed tomorrow route passable - observe traffic management
  • A19 Fulford – Defences in place.
  • Tower Street – Defences in place

Cycle/Pedestrian Routes

  • Riverside paths across city /Terry Avenue - Closed
  • Millennium bridge (pedestrians/cyclists) – will be closed later today/tomorrow morning
  • City Mills bridge (access to City Mills Sheltered housing on Skeldergate) in place.

People should not drive, cycle or walk through flood water – it can contain hidden obstacles and health hazards. Residents are advised to check their route before travelling, if it is prone to flooding.

Residents are also being advised not to travel through flood water to get a COVID-19 vaccine or to get a COVID-19 test. If you can’t attend please wait until you get another invitation. The vaccination centre remains open and all routes to the Vaccination Centre are open. Please note access to the site is also available by bus, cycle or walking. To minimise congestion in the area please plan to arrive close to your booked time.  

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While it’s important that people check on vulnerable family, friends or neighbours, COVID-19 cases remain high in the city. Therefore it is best to speak to friends via phone or video link, rather than travelling to see them in person if possible. Please remember ‘Hands, Face, Space’ if you check on a vulnerable neighbour, socially distanced on their door step.

If you're struggling to manage, or you don't have any support, but need it because of COVID-19, we may be able to help you through this difficult time. Contact us by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: 01904 551550.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, City of York Council’s Executive member for Transport, said:

With cases remaining high in the city, it is important that residents continue to stay at home if you can.

As river levels rise in York, home remains for many the safest place to stay.

“If people are making essential journeys, or heading outside as part of their daily exercise, it is really important that they take extra care over the next few days as river levels are high and their usual routes may be flooded. Getting stuck in flood water could not only put you at risk, but will take up the already stretched resources of the emergency services.  Take care and stay safe.”

For travel advice listen to your local radio and news services, or follow @york_travel and @CityofYork on twitter.

Follow advice from North Yorkshire Police about driving in wet conditions

Visit for links to bus operator information and the impact of flood levels on travel options

For more information on floods in York, including advice on how to prepare, visit