A CIVIC leader has warned that more flooding in his town is inevitable.

Nigel Richardson, deputy mayor of Kirkbymoorside, said the risk of flash floods was "scaring the hell" out of residents.

The River Dove burst its banks in two places following recent downpours, prompting fresh fears about the risk to nearby properties.

Coun Richardson said: "Since the floods of 2000, every time it rains there are people for whom it brings back terrible memories.

"I spent one morning walking the banks of the Dove and watching the river rise, getting ever closer to the properties of Kirby Mills and Keldholme.

"Luckily, this time the rain subsided and the waters lowered, with much relief from the residents until next time."

Coun Richardson praised the speed with which Ryedale District Council engineers arrived with sand bags, but said the town may not always be so lucky.