Flood warning issued for Calderdale as melting snow and rain cause river levels to rise

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A flood warning has been issued for Calderdale as melting snow and rain is causing river levels to rise in the borough.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Calder at Brearley and Luddenden Foot.

This means that immediate action is required

A spokesperson for the EA said: "River levels have risen rapidly as a result of this morning’s rainfall and snow melt.

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Flood warning has been issued for CalderdaleFlood warning has been issued for Calderdale
Flood warning has been issued for Calderdale

"Consequently, there is a risk of flooding of property, roads and farmland. Areas most at risk are properties on Tenterfields Business Estate.

"No significant rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours.

"We expect river levels to remain high throughout Monday afternoon, before falling during this evening.

"We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are closely monitoring the forecast. Please put your flood plan into action.."

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A flood alert has also been issued for the upper River Calder catchment.

The EA has said the risk of flooding of low-lying roads and land remains, so avoid roads and keep clear of any footpaths which are close to watercourses.

How is a flood alert and a flood warning different?

There are three different levels of flood warning that are issued when bad weather strikes, including a flood alert, a flood warning, and a severe flood warning.

The three levels each indicate varying severity, with a flood alert being the lowest.

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If a flood alert is issued, this indicates that an area should prepare, including making defences, preparing a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents, and staying up to date with the latest flood alerts.

When a flood warning is issued, this indicates a greater level of severity. In such situations, it is advised you turn off gas, water and electricity, and move your possession upstairs or to safety. Family members, pets and cars should also be moved to safety in these cases.

The third flood warning indicates the highest level of severity. In this situation, it is advised that you call 999 if you are in immediate danger and follow advice from emergency services.

The government also recommends keeping this simple flood plan safe so you will know what to do should there be severe flood warning in your area.