The Army has been brought in to help distribute sandbags in Swaledale as the clear-up operation gets underway in communities affected by yesterday flooding.
Soldiers from Catterick Garrison have been called on to help prevent further flooding.
Sgt Sharon Findlay, from Richmondshire police, said: “We have managed to get to Reeth but we are advising motorists to only make the journey if absolutely necessary.
“There is a lot of debris on the roads as well as abandoned vehicles.
“The road from Richmond is shut but people are getting on from Redmire, from Askrigg and over the Stang.”
More on the flooding from Richmondshire Today:
- Flooding likened to Boscastle as council staff clear roads and check bridges.
- Photos of the damage as the clear-up operation begins in Swaledale.
- Anger as stranded motorists are charged £150 after police order cars to be towed away.
- Dramatic photos of Swaledale flooding.
Free teas coffees food are available at Reeth Memorial Hall today for those affected by the flooding in area today.
The hall is also a drop off point for anyone with donations of clothing.
Sandbags have been used this morning in a bid to divert water from homes in Bellerby although numerous properties have already suffered severe flooding.
Numerous homes in the village have been flooded out as has the Cross Keys pub.
Landlord John Begley’s four-year-old daughter Athena was staying at the pub last night and had to be rescued by firefighters.
The pub’s cellar was completed flooded, with the kitchen also damaged and a wall knocked down outside.
He said: “It’s devastating. We’re in the middle of a refit at the moment.
“I’ve never seen anything like it my 73 years. There was people outside putting sheets over the cars as they were worried about them getting damaged by hail stones.”
In Moor Road, Bellerby, cars were picked up by the flood water and bashed into other vehicles and houses.
Olly Rycroft, a gamekeeper for the Bolton Estate, drove along flooded roads and fields in his Land Rover to get to his elderly parents’ home in Bellerby, near Leyburn.
He said: “A policeman said I couldn’t go any further but I said ‘I am as my parents are trapped in their flooded home’ and he let me through.
“The water was up to my was it in their front room. It’s destroyed their brick shed and has picked up two cars that were parked outside and crashed them in to each other.
“But nobody was hurt and it’s all covered by insurance. Worse things happen in the world I guess.”
Stuart Macy, 55, from Wakefield, is on holiday in Bellerby.
Sandbags have been used to keep water from getting into the holiday cottage he is staying at with his daughters and two grandchildren.
He said: “This is our first holiday staying in the UK and it’s probably going to be our last.”
North Yorkshire County Council says several roads remain closed this morning following yesterday’s deluge.
- B6270 Downholme to Grinton
- A6108 Downhole to Halfpenny House
- C106 Grinton to Reeth
- B6270 Grinton to Reeth Riverside Road, Richmond
Richmondshire District Council says waste collections will be disrupted in the areas affected by the flooding today due to the road closures.
Anyone wanting a sandbag should call police on 101.