West Yorkshire flooding expected in Calder valley tonight as river levels rise due to Storm Francis

A new urgent flood warning has been issued by the government in West Yorkshire as Storm Francis wreaks havoc.

Tuesday, 25th August 2020, 6:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th August 2020, 6:22 pm

River levels have risen in the Calder Catchment as a result of the heavy rainfall from Storm Francis, the flood service said.

Consequently, flooding of roads and low-lying land is possible between 5pm tonight and 4am tomorrow morning.

Further rainfall is expected until the early hours of tomorrow according to the service.

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Flooding in Calder earlier this year

The warning said: "We expect river levels to remain high until 09:00 on 26/08/20.

"We are closely monitoring the situation.

"Our incident response staff are checking defences.

"Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses."

The warning comes as a similar message was issued for Bridlington seafront.