Storm Dennis is expected to reach the UK this Saturday and Sunday (15 and 16 February). Whilst wind strength is not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara, which hit some communities in North Yorkshire last weekend, heavy and widespread rain is expected and agencies are gearing up to respond if necessary,
Ryedale Council officers have been linking closely with the emergency services and other agencies throughout the day, and will continue to do so over the weekend.
A spokesperson from Ryedale District Council said: "According to the forecasts, no specific issues are expected in Ryedale, but we will be monitoring things on the ground very closely. We have mobile pumps available, and we can deploy these quickly if we need to. However for the moment, it is a watching brief."
Meanwhile, the Council is urging everyone to take common-sense measures to stay safe over the weekend, including:
- Visit www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk for the latest flood warnings
- Stay away from swollen rivers, and do not walk through flood water as it may be contaminated
- Take special care when driving and avoid driving through floodwater as it can contain hidden hazards