Heavy rain causes UCI reroute and threatens homes hit by July flash floods

A car at the ford at Colburn Village. Photo: Sam Smith.

A weekend of heavy rain caused disruption to the UCI Road World Championships and brought a fresh risk of flooding to homes hit by the flash floods in July.

Firefighters from Leyburn were called out to Bellerby to clear out a drain as residents feared the village could be hit with a repeat of the flooding which caused damage in numerous homes on July 30.

Firefighters from were also out and about on the UCI route, with a crew from Skipton clearing water from roads in Bishopdale.

In Colburn Village, one vehicle was washed down the beck after attempting to cross at the ford.

Organisers of the UCI Road World Championships announced early on Sunday that the route had been changed, meaning riders did not travel up Dale to Hawes and over the Buttertubs to Swaledale.

Instead, they headed up to the A684 to Leyburn to meet up with planned route.

The riders faced treacherous conditions as this video of riders on Kidstones shows.

A rather wet UCI at the top of Kidstones this morning, with Joyce Sunter!

Posted by James Sunter on Sunday, 29 September 2019

The rain failed to stop large numbers of people lining the route to watching the race however, with Leyburn particularly busy.

Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Antone worried about potential flooding due to the current heavy rain can call Richmondshire District Council’s out of hours service on 01653 690738.

For details about sandbags locations and flood advice click here.

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