Listen as World War Two era siren sounds across Leeds due to flood warning hitting RED ALERT for Storm Ciara

A World War Two era siren has sounded across Leeds - as the flood warning in some areas hits critical level.

By Daniel Sheridan
Sunday, 9th February 2020, 12:37 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th February 2020, 2:13 pm

In parts of Halton in LS9, the flood warning has been raised to red.

A message on the government website states: "River levels have risen as a result of persistent heavy rainfall overnight and this morning, 09/02/20, due to Storm Ciara.

"A further heavy band of rain is causing the river to continue to rise and property flooding is possible over the next hour today, 09/02/20.

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Flood siren in Leeds

"Areas most at risk are properties in Dunhills.

"The siren has been sounded. "

Dale Bowes, 24, took video footage of the siren.

He said it sounded across LS9 for up to two minutes.

Dale said: "It's absolutely some of the worst weather we've ever had. The storm this morning was really bad. At the moment, it doesn't look like the flooding is as bad as in 2007.

"The siren was put in after the flooding in 2007, because residents didn't get a warning. It's the first time I've heard it go off and it's really good to have that warning this time.

"It was really bad this morning and it looks like the river is at the highest level it's ever been. A lot of people have said they couldn't get to work because the roads were blocked by trees or floodwater."

The message on the website continued: "We expect river levels to continue to rise until the early afternoon today, when the rain is forecast to ease into a pattern of showers.

"To report property flooding please call 0800 80 70 60.

"We are closely monitoring the situation from our incident room.

"Please put your flood plan into action and see GOV.UK for a 5 day flood forecast.

"Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads, which may be flooded, and avoid contact with flood water.

"We will update this message by 20:00 09/02/20, or as the situation changes."