Film ID: YFA 2587 Video of YFA_2857 The January Floods in York THE JANUARY FLOODS IN YORK 1982 Visitor TabsDescription Made by a local York filmmaker, this film shows some of the winter flooding in York caused by the high level of the River Ouse. The film begins by showing the level of water on some of the buildings standing next to the River Ouse, including a cafe and shop. Next the Kings Arms pub is shown with the water reaching nearly to the top of the windows. The Kings Arms is a famous spot in York as the pub is often flooded leaving its ground floor immersed in the river. There are more scenes of the river and the adjoining buildings. The water level is seen rising close to the top of arches of the Ouse Bridge, with a boat moored besides it. The Park Inn Hotel (at that time the Viking Hotel), is shown before seeing the flooding within the Guildhall. The level of water within the Guildhall can be seen, with some people trying to pump it out. There are further views of the Guildhall from the outside and of the river with a barge moored on the bank. Context The devastating impact of York’s January 1982 flood is documented with slow eerie pans of the flooded and damaged buildings in the city. These scenes later give way to shots of onlookers from the bridges and people desperately trying to repair the damage. York’s tenacity in the face of unrelenting natural power turns poignancy into hope in this film. The city of York has proved to be extremely susceptible to severe flooding. The River Ouse has frequently burst its banks and poured into the city, often causing major damage. From 1947-2015, York suffered no less than 7 serious floods despite improved flood defences.