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Wednesday, March 10, 1999 Published at 06:21 GMT


Schools to reopen in flooded town

Rescuers evacuate Margaret Jefferson from her home in Norton

Schools in flood-affected parts of North Yorkshire plan to reopen on Wednesday despite no sign of the waters abating.

The Environment Agency said on Tuesday night that flooding would cause more damage in Stamford Bridge, East Yorkshire, and the nearby village of Elvington.

Vanessa Edwards reports: "The worst flooding in 65 years"
But in nearby Malton the town's schools are planning to reopen on Wednesday after two days closed because of the flooding.

The river Derwent burst its banks at the weekend, causing some of the worst flooding this century in the area.

[ image: Up to 100 homes around the River Derwent have been evacuated]
Up to 100 homes around the River Derwent have been evacuated
The Environment Agency says the river has reached record heights of 19 metres but is now subsiding.

More than 100 homes in Old Malton and Norton, have been flooded.

The BBC's Richard Wells reports on how people are coping with the deluge
Peter Hynd, the manager of the Swordsman Inn at Stamford Bridge, said his pub would remain closed for at least a week.

"We are just going to sit tight upstairs," he said.

[ image: Around 100 homes in North Yorkshire have been flooded]
Around 100 homes in North Yorkshire have been flooded
The Mayor of Malton David Lloyd-Williams said the river had "literally divided the village in two".

He said the conditions were worse than in 1931, when the town suffered the first of its two "great floods".

The Environment Agency's Robin Bailey: "We issued warnings in advance"
Meanwhile the Environment Agency is defending its system of flood warnings.

Some people in the Derwent valley have criticised the agency but a spokesman said they had reacted as quickly as possible to the situation.

Agency spokesman Robin Bailey said it had issued warnings throughout the area.

The railway line between Malton and Scarborough has been closed for three days.

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