Leeds flood sirens: The storm as it happened

230817    A van goes through flooding caused by thuderstorms on  the junction of Whitkirk Lane  and Austhorpe Lane in Leeds .
230817 A van goes through flooding caused by thuderstorms on the junction of Whitkirk Lane and Austhorpe Lane in Leeds .
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Warning sirens were sounded in Leeds after as heavy downpours swept across the city putting homes at risk of flooding.

The heavy rainfall led to streets in some parts of the city being submerged today (Wednesday) and commuters and residents faced delays as thousands of people heading to Leeds Festival were caught up in the storm.

A man braves the rain in Leeds.
23rd August 2017.
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

A man braves the rain in Leeds. 23rd August 2017. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

In east Leeds, flood warning sirens were sounded at around 9.45am on the Dunhills estate over fears the nearby Wyke Beck might burst its banks.

Ian Butterill, a flood warden for the Halton estate, rushed home from work after being alerted to the flooding.

“When the siren goes off, you know it’s possible to get flooded,” the dad-of-two said.

“I came back home and took action from there.”

As many residents were at work or on holiday, the 52-year-old put flood defences guarding doors and vents to stop water getting into neighbours homes on the estate today.

“It’s a community type down here, so we tend to make sure people are looked after,” he said.

He said his garden, which backs onto Wyke Beck, was on the verge of being flooded as the water levels rose. Dozens of homes in the area were flooded in 2004 and 2010 after downpours.

Margaret Smith, who lives on the estate, also rushed back from work after being notified about the flooding risk.

She said water in Wyke Beck reached 1.7 metres at its highest before it began to drain away.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service received 23 flood-related calls between 9am and 11am on Wednesday, of which seven were attended by crews.

They included three people stuck in vehicles, and a lightning strike which damaged a property in Wetherby.

The Met Office said some areas had as much as 40mm of rain. Festival-goers heading to Bramham Park ahead of the launch of this year’s Leeds Festival were also caught up in the downpours as campsites were turned into mud baths.

A Leeds City Council spokesperson said: “Following heavy rain, a number of localised flooding warnings were issued in the city. These warnings have now been removed and flood support officers from partner organisations will now be visiting residents of the Dunhills to offer practical guidance and support if necessary.”

“We know that some properties have been directly affected and the council is committed to supporting any residents or businesses impacted by flooding issues following this bad weather.”

To report flooding, contact the council’s Contact Centre on 0113 222 4444.

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