Persistant rainfall across West Yorkshire as a result of Storm Christoph has led to the Environment Agency issuing a Flood Alert for the River Aire including Holbeck, Hunslet and Stourton.
The River Aire was measured at 0.98m in Leeds City Centre at 11:30am this morning (19 January 2021), up from 0.89m at 10pm yesterday. Flooding is possible if it reaches 1.35m.
The Environment Agency Flood Alert was updated at 12:11pm today, Tuesday 19 January:
Flooding is possible – be prepared
“River levels are forecast to rise across the Middle Aire Catchment as a result of persistent rainfall. This rain is likely to persist until Thursday morning. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible. Areas most at risk are low lying land, roads and farmland. We expect to see high river levels from this afternoon, 19/01/2021. We will be monitoring closely to assess locations where we may need to issue flood warnings. Our field teams have checked defences and cleared screens ahead of the rainfall. We are liaising closely with our partners to ensure they are ready to respond. Please put your flood plan into action and activate any property flood protection products you may have, such as flood barriers and air brick covers. Avoid using low lying footpaths near watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid roads which may be flooded. This message will be updated in 8 hours or as the situation changes.”