Flood alert issued for Holbeck, Hunslet and Stourton

With heavy rain continuing this morning, the Environment Agency issued a flood alert for the Middle River Aire Catchment area, which includes Holbeck, Hunslet and Stourton, at 6:28am this morning (Saturday 26 October 2019).

The River Aire at Crown Point Bridge had risen to 1.34m at 5:30am: high, but still within its normal range. Whilst flooding in South Leeds is not thought likely, residents are warned to remain alert and prepared. The latest information is as follows:

Flooding is possible – be prepared

River levels have risen and are forecast to continue to rise as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible from 06:00 to 12:00 today, 26/10/19. Areas most at risk are low lying land and roads. Allerton Ings is overtopping at Barnsdale Road near Castleford. Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 6 hours. We expect river levels to rise until approximately midday on 26/10/19. Our incident response staff are checking defences and closely monitoring the forecast from the incident room. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded, and see the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated by 14:30 on 26/10/19, or as the situation changes.