UPDATE: Environment Agency issues flood alerts for River Calder as heavy rain persists

Flooding on Thursday night on Park Lane, Siddal
Flooding on Thursday night on Park Lane, Siddal

The Environment Agency has issued two flood alerts for the River Calder after heavy rain last night.

They are in force across the upper and lower catchments of the river from Todmorden to Brighouse.

Flood alerts are the first, and lowest level, of warnings that the agency uses in times of flooding.

These can increase to flood warnings and then severe flood warnings but this is unlikely to happen with river levels expected to peak mid-morning today.

An Environment Agency statement said: “Rain is forecast to continue for most of Monday and will cause river levels to rise. Levels are expected to peak mid morning. Although levels are forecast to be higher than those experienced on Sunday morning, we are not currently expecting to issue any flood warnings in the next couple of hours.”

Commuters are being urged to take care on their way to work as saturated ground could lead to flooding on some of our roads.

The downpours have already seen flooding across the south east of England and the weather system has made its way northwards over the weekend bringing torrential rain throughout Calderdale and West Yorkshire.

Phil Younge, Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “We are expecting more rain throughout Monday, and are urging people to remain vigilant, and check their risk of flooding.

“Our teams have been out around the clock over the last few days to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding. We are continuing to deploy teams across the country to warn communities at risk.

“You can sign up for flood warnings and check the latest information on the Environment Agency’s website, where we also have information on how to prepare for flooding. Or call our Floodline on 0845 988 1188.”

There are currently 17 flood warnings, and 37 flood alerts in place for Yorkshire and the North East, mainly concentrated in North Yorkshire and County Durham. Further flood alerts and flood warnings may be issued, so communities are urged to be vigilant.

Emergency teams from the Environment Agency have been working over the weekend to monitor river levels, clear blockages from watercourses and operate pumping stations and washlands to try and manage river levels.

Staff from Yorkshire Water have also been helping out flood-hit areas and are working hard to cope with the increased water levels.

A spokesperson said: “Our pumping stations and waste water treatment works are operational and working hard to handle the increased volumes of water passing through them.

“We have teams on the ground helping those people who have been flooded and we have extra people working at our call centre fielding customer calls and providing the necessary help and advice.

“More information on how to protect your home from flooding and what to do if you are flooded can be found at yorkshirewater.com or for latest updates, follow us on Twitter at @yorkshirewater.”