A flood alert is in place this morning (20 October 2023) for the Middle River Aire catchment which includes parts of Holbeck, Hunslet and Stourton.
River levels at Crown Point and Knostrop were described as High and Rising at 9:30am this morning and the weather forecast is for heavy rain all day today.
The first phase of the flood alleviation scheme built following the Boxing day floods of 2015 includes two movable weirs which can be lowered to allow water to flow more quickly downstream. These should help avoid any serious flooding in South Leeds, but riverside paths and roads may still be affected.
The Flood Alert was updated at 7:38 this morning and says:
“Flooding of low lying land near watercourses is possible from Friday morning, 20th of October 2023.
“Further heavy rainfall is forecast throughout the weekend and river levels are expected to continue to rise. Our incident rooms are open and we are closely monitoring rainfall and river levels.
“Avoid using low lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses and do not attempt to walk or drive through flood water. Start acting on your flood plan if you have one.”
Image: Map showing extent of the current flood alert
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