Sirens will sound warning

Flood warning sirens in Walsden, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd will be sounded next week as part of the Environment Agency’s annual maintenance tests.

The Environment Agency uses the sirens to get a message out quickly to the Upper Calderdale communities if it is expecting the rivers to flood. There are now eight sirens in the area and these need to be tested on an annual basis.

On Thursday, June 7, sirens will be tested as follows: 10.30am, Todmorden and Walsden; 12.30pm, Hebden Bridge; and 2pm, Mytholmroyd.

Each test will last for two minutes and residents and businesses in the towns do not need to take any action when hearing the sirens at these times. Loudhailer vehicles will be used to alert people to the test, ahead of the sirens being sounded.