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Heavy rain forecast for Yorkshire

Environment Agency

4:38pm 17th August 2012

Heavy rain is expected for parts of West Yorkshire and southern parts of North Yorkshire this afternoon and through into the night. This will be prolonged and often heavy in places.

The Environment Agency is warning that there is a risk of surface water flooding and a strong likelihood of some flood warnings issued especially for the River Calder and River Aire.

There are currently seven flood alerts in place on the Aire and Calder catchments.

Flooding from surface water happens when the local drainage system cannot cope with rainfall.  It is extremely difficult to predict precisely where surface water flooding will happen as it depends on ground levels, the amount of rainfall, and the local drainage network.

Phil Younge, regional flood risk manager for the Environment Agency, said:

“Yorkshire has experienced some severe weather in recent months, and with further rain forecast for the next few hours, we would urge the public to remain vigilant, check local weather forecasts, and the Environment Agency website for information.

“Our teams are out across the region, checking and clearing any blockages in watercourses.

"Our thoughts are with those people whose homes and businesses have been affected by flooding in June and July. We have been working hard to provide communities with as much assistance and information as possible.”

The heavy rain could hit communities such as Todmorden, Walsden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd which were affected by the recent heavy rain. Residents are urged to remain vigilant.

A flood alert will also be issued for Bridlington because of high tides which will build over the weekend. There could be overtopping and spray on coastal roads between 3pm and 7pm.

Environment Agency officers are monitoring the situation very closely.

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