Flooding is the main risk to the village of Naburn due to its proximity to the River Ouse. The village suffered from severe flooding in 2000, 2012 and 2015. Mild flooding – water covering the B1222 at Howden Dyke, but not affecting property – occurs on a more frequent basis. Whilst the Emergency Plan has been created with flooding as the predominant threat, the same protocols will apply in the unlikely event of a non-flooding emergency.
The Parish Council Emergency Pack for Residents has been prepared by the Parish Council to assist residents in the event of a major emergency–the most likely of which is a serious flood.
The Parish Council has nominated a number of its Councillors to form an Emergency Team to act as a key point of contact in such an emergency. Please be aware that the Parish Council is a non-political committee, made up of local residents who are all volunteers. The Emergency team will do all they can to help but they have limited powers. They must not be assumed to be official emergency responders and it is possible that some or even all of them may not be in the village at the time of an emergency. In the unlikely event that none of them is available, other members of the Parish Council will endeavour to do what they can to help.
The Emergency Team plans to be a source of helpful information for residents and a link to Silver Command, the group normally based at Fulford Road Police HQ, which is in operational charge of an emergency within York and/or its outlying villages. Silver Command consists of bodies such as the Police, City of York Council and the Environment Agency.
The Reading Room/Post Office in Front Street will serve as an Emergency Contact Point; it doesn't flood and is accessible during periods of flooding. The Village Hall, in Vicarage Lane, will also be used if a large number of people have to be housed.
Naburn Flood Action Group
After the 2012 floods in the York area, and a subsequent Public Meeting of Naburn residents in the Village Hall, the Naburn Flood Action Group was formed. It comprises members of the Council and residents with an expressed interest or relevant expertise and acts as a sub-committee of the Parish Council. It reports to the full Parish Council and any outcomes are reflected in the minutes of the Council. Its mission is to improve flood protection for the whole village.
Since the December 2015 floods and the consequent Government's major financial investment for flood alleviation, Naburn has been included in the project to better protect the wider York area, the York 5-year Flood Plan. The Environment Agency is presently undertaking preliminary design phases.