Environment Agency issues warning as more rain forecast

THE Environment Agency is warning people to expect heavy showers in the South Pennines area over the next few days, which may trigger flood alerts on rivers.

More rain is expected and the showers could be heavy in places, increasing the risk of surface water flooding.

Ian Foster, the Environment Agency’s flood duty manager for Yorkshire, said: “Yorkshire has experienced some severe weather over the last week, and with further rain forecast for the next few hours, we would urge the public to remain vigilant, check local weather forecasts, and the Environment Agency website for information.

“We monitor river levels round-the-clock and have gauges on many of the region’s main watercourses which continuously feeds information to our forecasting rooms.

“Although yesterday’s rain in Calderdale did not result in rivers over topping, it is a reminder of how quickly rain can cause so much damage, which is why we want people to be alert.”

Staff worked closely with Calderdale Council yesterday, offering on-the-ground support such as pumps, to help its response to the flooding, and gave specialist advice on any further risks.

The Environment Agency and Calderdale Council are now proposing a joint working group that will include British Waterways, Yorkshire Water and the local community to look at the whole of Upper Calderdale and consider all the options for reducing the risk of flooding in the area.

The aim will be to gather information to understand all the causes of flooding, and identify the broadest possible range of options to reduce the risk, as well as improve resilience.

Ian said: “Residents in Calderdale need action from us and other key authorities.

“As a result, we are proposing that this group would put in place a targeted plan which will help to protect people in the upper Calder valley as quickly as possible, and reduce the misery that flooding can cause.”