'Be prepared' warning as two flood alerts issued for Leeds ahead of Storm Dennis

Two flood alerts have been issued for Leeds on Saturday lunchtime as the city prepares for Storm Dennis.

Saturday, 15th February 2020, 1:56 pm
Updated Saturday, 15th February 2020, 2:04 pm

The Flood Information Service has updated its information for the Middle River Aire catchment area, south-east of the city centre, and the Wyke Beck, Meanwood Beck and Wortley Beck catchments.

River levels are likely to increase this afternoon and rise rapidly overnight, according to the service.

The Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme incident room has also been opened due to the potential of increased river levels.

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Duty teams are ready to activate the River Aire's movable weirs if needed.

A statement on the gov.uk website said: "Following recent rainfall which has left the ground saturated, river levels are forecast to rise as a result of Storm Dennis.

"Flooding of properties, roads and farmland is possible this evening and into Sunday.

"Rainfall is expected to intensify from midday today (February 15).

The River Aire in the aftermath of Storm Ciara.

"The current forecast indicates that the river response will begin later this afternoon and is likely to peak in the early hours of Sunday, 16 February.

"We have staff on site and are closely monitoring the situation from our incident room.

"Please avoid using low lying footpaths and roads near watercourses.

"Plan driving routes to avoid low lying land that may be flooded."

Anywhere coloured orange is being warned of possible flooding.