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Record number of flood warnings in West Yorkshire

376 warnings issued by Environment Agency - and the clean-up still continues

Flood warnings reached a record high in West Yorkshire last year.

Data from the Environment Agency have revealed the number and type of flood warnings issued in different regions of the country in 2015.

In the combined West and South Yorkshire region there were 376 flood warnings last year including 18 severe flood warnings, 129 flood alerts, 194 flood warnings and 35 update flood warnings.

This total figure is nearly seven times greater than the 58 flood warnings that were issued by the Environment Agency in the area in 2014. In fact, the 2015 figure is the highest for any year recorded in the data which stretches back to 2006.

No other region of England saw a bigger increase in flood warnings between 2014 and 2015.

Last year is also the first year since 2008 that any severe flood warnings have been issued in the West and South Yorkshire region.

Severe flood warnings are the most serious that the Environment Agency can issue and indicate that there is a threat to life.

Today there was still a flood alert on for the River Calder flowing through Elland, Brighouse, Mirfield and Dewsbury.

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An Environment Agency spokesman said: “The River Calder has responded to Monday night’s rainfall and its levels are now falling.

“Further showers are forecast throughout Tuesday morning, but we do not expect these to cause any concern.

“We are closely monitoring the situation from the Leeds incident room and will update this message as the situation changes.”

The Christmas period in 2015 was characterised by heavy flooding in the North of England with areas of Cumbria the hardest hit. Some homes were flooded on multiple occasions in the space of a few weeks and the army were called in across the country to help evacuate people from their homes.

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Across the whole of England a record number of severe flood warnings were issued in 2015 with 106 in total. This is considerably more than in 2007 - the year with the next highest number - when there were 76 severe warnings.

As many as 66 of these 106 flood warnings were issued in the northern part of the North West which covers Cumbria and the Lake District.

Calderdale Council has set up a series of flood roadshows for residents and business owners in Calderdale as part of their flood support programme to help affected towns recover after the Boxing Day floods.

Five drop-in sessions will take place across the Calder Valley, giving people the opportunity to find out what plans are being put in place to help to reduce the impact of future flooding in their area.

They are:

Todmorden Todmorden Town Hall, Thursday 11 February, 3-7pm

Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Saturday 13 February, 10am-1pm

Sowerby Bridge Christchurch, Tuesday 23 February, 3-7pm

Mytholmroyd Calder High School, Saturday 27 February, 10am-1pm

Elland Canon Winter Centre, Savile Road, Wednesday 2 March, 3-7pm

During the roadshows there will be a chance to discuss future flood defence plans; share flood resilience information and receive details of grants available for people affected by flooding. There will also be practical demonstrations to show how people can make their property more resilient to flooding.



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