Yorkshire floods alert

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YOU might be topping up your tan reading this, but keep your wellies handy.

The long distance weather forecast does not have deluges on the horizon but cautious staff at the Environment Agency in Leeds are urging people in flood risk areas to enjoy the sunshine – but to plan for rain.

A dry spring across Yorkshire has seen river levels fall, and the reservoirs reveal areas normally under water, however the Environment Agency is keen to remind people that flooding can occur quickly and with little warning. Graham Lindsey, engagement officer for the Environment Agency said people in flood risk areas need to be prepared for flooding whatever the weather.

He said: “With climate change, we expect extreme weather including storms to become more frequent, and a number of our worst floods in recent years have happened during the warmer months of the year.”

To find out if you live in an area at risk of flooding, request a Flood Plan template or to register for the Environment Agency flood warning service, call Floodline 0845 988 1188 or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Meanwhile homeowners in Leeds are letting their lawns go brown during the exceptionally hot, dry spring rather than spend money on watering the grass.

With four out of ten homes now on meters, many gardeners are reluctant to water their lawns for fear of running up large bills – despite record low rainfall which is already killing off grass.

Actress Joanna Lumley, a keen gardener who is launching National Love Your Lawn Week on May 7, says: “Grass is made up of 93 per cent water and needs to be watered to survive.

“Watering your lawn for just 20 minutes in the cool of the evening three times a week will be enough to avoid the grass turning brown.”

And forecasters predict the first two weeks of May is also likely to be dry.

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