Bridlington Given Urgent Flood Alert As Storm Francis Batters Yorkshire

Following a string of storms already this Summer, residents of popular Yorkshire seaside resort, Bridlington, have been urged to ‘be careful’ along the beaches and promenades as the storm rages.

Strong winds of up to 80mph are expected to batter the East Coast between 8pm and midnight, with the areas most at risk identified as the seafront areas, low lying land and roads particularly around the lifeboat station and South Pier.

The government run flood information service has said: “Our incident response staff and our professional partners are checking and operating flood defences as required. Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous. Wind speeds are expected to lessen on Wednesday, but further bad weather is forecast for the end of the week. We will continue to monitor the situation and will reissue this Alert if it is required.”

Residents and visitors are warned to follow the advice given until Wednesday morning, when the advice will be re-assessed.

The River Riccal is also expected to flood this evening, as well as its tributaries including Bonfield Gill, Bogmire Gill, Ellerker Beck, Keld Spring Beck and Walmouth Beck. Warnings have been issued for those living in the Nunnington, West Ness, Salton, Wombleton, Beadlam, Muscoates and surrounding areas to avoid walking or driving “through fast moving water and be aware rivers could rise very quickly even if it’s not raining”. Incident response staff will be closely liaising with emergency services in this area.