Flooding in Yarm peaked this morning at just over 3 meters after heavy rain and wind brought in by Storm Isha. The storm, which saw much of the UK covered by an orange weather warning, led the Environment Agency to issue a flood warning for the Lower River Tees.
The Environment Agency‘s flood warning stated, “Flooding is expected to affect locations near the Lower River Tees and estuarine tributaries, with low-lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around riverside footpaths and low-lying land and roads.”
“Further rain showers are forecast today, 22/01/2024, but it will become dry overnight. All floodgates at Yarm are closed and will remain closed until the river level is expected to fall.”
Built on a flood plain, the town of Yarm is protected by a substantial flood defense scheme completed in 1993. After floods overtopped the defenses in 1995, the walls were further raised to provide additional protection. Fortunately, this time, the defenses held firm, and no damage was reported in the town.
The Environment Agency continues to advise residents to stay vigilant and be aware of their surroundings, particularly near low-lying areas. They also recommend checking the latest flood warnings and forecasts on the agency’s website.
While the immediate threat of flooding has subsided, Storm Isha’s impact is still being felt across the UK. Residents in other affected areas are urged to follow the advice of local authorities and emergency services.