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Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post's live news blog on Friday January 22.

By Abbey Maclure
Friday, 22nd January 2021, 7:20 am
Updated Friday, 22nd January 2021, 7:26 am
There are delays and cancellations to services through Garforth
There are delays and cancellations to services through Garforth

Due to flooding on the railway line in Garforth, a limited train service is running between Leeds and York.

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The flooding was caused by heavy rain during Storm Christoph.

Services are expected to be disrupted until 12.30pm today.

Scroll down for the latest on this disruption and other breaking news from across Leeds:

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Delays on Northern services due to heavy flooding in Garforth

Due to heavy flooding on the railway at Garforth fewer trains are able to run on all lines.

Services between Leeds and York via Garforth are disrupted.

Replacement road transport has been requested to operate between Leeds and York in both directions of travel, details will be provided when this confirmed.

Services between Leeds and Hull will be delayed passing through the affected area.

Network Rail staff are on site to monitor water levels.

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Met Office: More heavy rain on the way

More heavy rain is forecast in Leeds on Thursday morning.

River levels remain high after Storm Christoph brought persistent rain to the city on Wednesday and overnight.

Flooding is still possible in Leeds on Thursday morning, the Environment Agency warns, with further showers likely.

Here is the full Met Office forecast for Thursday:

Met Office

‘Immediate action required’ as five flood warnings in place in Leeds

Five urgent flood warnings and three flood alerts are in place across Leeds on Thursday morning.

The warnings were issued on Wednesday as Storm Christoph brought persistent heavy rain to the city.

River levels continued to rise and peaked overnight after heavy showers and some snow.

Here is the latest from the Environment Agency on flood warnings across Leeds:

Five urgent flood warnings in Leeds as river levels peak overnight - immediate action required

Five urgent flood warnings and three flood alerts are in place across Leeds on Thursday morning.

Good morning and welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s live news blog on Thursday January 21.

We’ll bring you the latest updates on flood warnings and alerts in place across Leeds throughout the day.

Good morning and welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s live news blog on Thursday January 21.

We’ll bring you the latest updates on flood warnings and alerts in place across Leeds throughout the day.

Latest flood news: Five flood warnings in place and 11 flood alerts

There are currently five flood warnings in place in Leeds which means flooding is expected and immediate action required.

Collingham Beck at Collingham

Flooding is expecting to continue for the Collingham Beck at Collingham to the recent heavy rain.

The level of the River Wharfe at Collingham is 3.95m and is expected remain high as further heavy rain is expected until Thursday, the Environment Agency said.

The level of Bardsey Beck at Bardsey is 1.26m.

Areas most at risk are at the lower end of Collingham Beck near the River Wharfe.

The Environment Agency has urged people to "avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and put your flood plan into action."

This information is correct as of 5:27pm (Weds 20).

River Aire at Allerton Ings, Barnsdale Road

A flood warning remains in place for the River Aire at Allerton Ings, Barnsdale Road and Properties, in Allertown Bywater.

The Environment Agency reports that the river levels are continuing to rise as a result of the heavy and persistent rainfall associated with Storm Christoph.

It expects the spillway to continue to operate until Thursday lunchtime. We are closely monitoring the situation.

This is the latest information and was last updated at 4:12pm (Weds 20).

River Calder at Methley and Mickletown

Flood is expected by the River Calder at Methley and Mickletown.

The Environment Agency said: "River levels on the River Calder at Methley are high and continue to rise slowly as a result of the heavy and persistent rainfall associated with Storm Christoph.

"They are forecast to remain high before starting to fall Thursday afternoon.

"Areas most at risk are properties in the Methley and Mickletown area.

"Please avoid using low-lying footpaths and roads near watercourses, and plan driving routes to avoid low-lying land that may be flooded"

This information was last updated at 8.55pm (Weds 20)

River Calder at Stanley

River levels are high at the River Calder by Methley.

They are continuing to rise.

The Environment Agency said: "Areas most at risk are properties Altofts Ings, the northern end of Foxholes Lane."

This is the latest information and was last updated at 8.49pm (Weds 20).

River Calder at Whitwood Mere

River levels are high on the River Calder at Whitwood Mere.

Areas most at risk are properties in the Whitwood Mere area.  

This information was last updated at 9pm (Weds 20).

There are 11 flood alerts in place - this means flooding is possible and people should be prepared:

Lower River Aire catchment

Lower River Calder catchment

Lower River Nidd catchment

Lower River Wharfe

Middle River Aire catchment

River Crimple catchment

River Spen and Batley Beck catchments

Tidal River Ouse from Naburn Lock to Selby

Tidal River Wharfe

Upper River Calder catchment

Wyke Beck, Meanwood Beck and Wortley Beck catchments

Fire service pump water away from pub car park to protect homes - road closed

River levels settling, says fire service

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