Two flood warnings are currently in place on Holderness Drain as it enters Hull from the East Riding.

The Environment Agency says flooding to nearby land and properties is expected after heavy recent rainfall.

Issued late this morning, the warning says: "A flood warning has been issued as river levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall.

"Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is expected today. Areas most at risk are properties at Wawne Common and Woody Carr.

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High water swamps a tree next to Holderness Drain in east Hull
High water swamps a tree next to Holderness Drain in east Hull

"We expect levels to continue to remain high over the weekend as more rainfall is forecast on Saturday.

"We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are working in the area."

Residents living near the drain, which eventually leads into the Humber, are being advised to activate flood plans to protect their homes.

A flood alert for a large section of the drain also remains in place with areas of concern around Bexhill Avenue in Hull, the Old Fleet Drain and low-lying land near the Riston and Great Culvert pumping stations.

Water levels on the drain can dramatically rise and fall because of high tides on the Humber.

One resident living near the drain, Satriella Walker, said: "I have lived in Bilton Grange for ten years and I have never seen the drain so high.

"It is level with the path when it’s normally a good eight feet below it."

There have been several recent flooding incidents on the drain when nearby land and property has flooded after it over-topped during a combination of heavy rain and high tides.

In October 2019 the 22-acre Country Golf site in East Carr Lane was completely submerged under almost two feet of water when the drain over-topped.

A subsequent Hull City Council report into the flooding revealed pumps designed to maintain water levels in the drain were not running at the time because weather forecasts led officials to believe the risk of flooding at the was low.

A separate flood warning has been issued by the agency for Westlands Drain in Hedon where high levels of water have been unable to drain away because of high tides in the estuary.

High water levels in Holderness Drain in east Hull earlier today
High water levels in Holderness Drain in east Hull earlier today

Residents living in Cloeberry Way have been warned of a potential risk of flooding when tides rise again later tonight.

The agency's alert adds: "Further wet weather is forecast for Saturday, and as the ground is already saturated, it is likely that levels will remain high throughout the weekend.

"Our incident response staff are closely monitoring the forecast and river levels and our operations teams have pumps running on Westlands Drain and at Salt End on Burstwick Drain to reduce water levels."

People living nearby are also being advised not to use low-lying footpaths near the drains over the weekend.