Storm Abigail sweeps across Leeds and Yorkshire

A rainbow over fields at South Milford, near Selby. PIC: PA
A rainbow over fields at South Milford, near Selby. PIC: PA
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High winds and rain havelashed West Yorkshire as Storm Abigail swept across the north of England.

Forecasters have now warned that communities in northern England face the risk of significant river flooding this weekend with heavy rain expected to fall on already saturated ground.

The Environment Agency warned that Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and North and West Yorkshire are the areas most at risk from significant river and localised surface water flooding on Saturday evening and into Sunday.

Craig Woolhouse, the Environment Agency’s director of incident management, said: “River levels across northern England are already high and are expected to rise with this further heavy rainfall, bringing with them a significant risk of flooding.

“We are working closely with the emergency services and partners to prepare ahead of the weekend.

“Our teams are already in action clearing watercourses, maintaining existing defences and standing ready to deploy temporary pumps and defences where these can be effective.”