Flood warning alerts issued in Leeds as residents warned to 'be prepared'

Flood warnings have been issued across Leeds - as residents are warned to prepare for 'possible flooding'.

Friday, 21st February 2020, 9:16 pm
Updated Friday, 6th March 2020, 9:40 am

Wyke Beck, Meanwood Beck and Wortley Beck catchments and the middle River Aire catchment have flood alerts in force now.

A statement on the Government website said: "Flooding of low-lying land and roads is possible.

"Avoid driving on low-lying roads and keep clear of any footpaths which are close to watercourses. We are monitoring the situation from our incident room.

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Flooding in Kirkstall in February

"See GOV.UK for a 5 day flood forecast.

"For an up-to-date weather forecast, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk.

"This message will be updated by 02:55 on 22/02/2020, or as the situation changes."

The lower River Nidd near Tockworth, the lower River Wharfe near Weeton, the tidal River Ouse near Selby and the tidal River Wharfe near Tadcaster are all also at risk of flooding.

The Met Office has warned to expect persistant rain all day Friday and into Saturday morning, with the heaviest downpours expected between 11pm and 3am.

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for Leeds on Friday and Saturday, with a second warning for wind on Saturday.

Friday's forecast for Leeds says: "Persistent rain, heavy over hills, may lead to flooding and travel disruption during Friday and Friday night.

"A cloudy day on Friday with heavy and persistent rain across western parts of the region, bringing the risk of localised flooding.

"Largely dry across more eastern areas. Very windy and gusty, particularly towards the north and east. Fairly mild. Maximum temperature 10C."