Risk of flooding this weekend

Mixenden on Wednesday this week - pic by reader Richard Sutcliffe
Mixenden on Wednesday this week - pic by reader Richard Sutcliffe

The Environment Agency has issued an early warning ahead of the weekend of possible further floods.

Heavy rain is forecast for Yorkshire and is expected to cause more flood warnings Friday and Saturday because the ground is still saturated.

The agency said some surface water flooding and river flooding could hit communities across the north.

Flooding from surface water happens when the local drainage system cannot cope with rainfall and is difficult to predict precisely where it will happen.

Agency spokesman David Dangerfield said: “Yorkshire has experienced some severe weather in recent weeks, and with further rain forecast for the next few days, we would urge the public to remain vigilant, check local weather forecasts, and the Environment Agency website for information.”

Environment Agency teams are currently out on the ground monitoring river levels and clearing blockages to prevent flooding around culverts and bridges.

They are also checking all the flood defences across the region to make sure they are ready to operate.

If necessary, the Environment Agency will issue flood alerts and flood warnings.

Information can be found at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood