ENVIRONMENT Agency staff have warned people to remain vigilant, ahead of heavy rain forecast for Yorkshire today and tomorrow.
A slow-moving band of heavy rain is expected to cause more flood warnings to be issued over the next 24 hours because the ground is still saturated from rain that the region has already experienced.
The rain will move from Lincolnshire into Yorkshire and is expected to bring up to one and-a-half inches of rain today.
Tomorrow there is the chance of up to two and-a-half inches, or six centimetres of widespread rain across some areas, with possibly a deluge of four inches or 10 centimetres.
Business owners in Hebden Bridge who were badly hit by flooding last month were due to be visited by Prince Charles today.
He was expected to be accompanied by representatives from his charity, Business in the Community, to see how the group’s emergency recovery team can help local businesses to recover from the damage inflicted by the floods.
His visit comes after 900 properties from Brighouse and Todmorden were affected when the River Calder burst its banks and reached the highest level ever.
But the Environment Agency is warning that there could be a risk of some surface water flooding and river flooding across the North again over the next 48 hours.
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.
David Dangerfield, regional director for the Yorkshire and North East region of the Environment Agency said: “Yorkshire and the North East has experienced some severe weather in recent weeks, and with further rain forecast for the next few days, we would urge the public to remain vigilant, check local weather forecasts, and the Environment Agency website for information.
“Our thoughts are with those people whose homes and businesses have already been affected by flooding.
Our staff have been out working hard to provide communities with as much assistance and information as possible.”
Environment Agency teams are currently out on the ground monitoring river levels and clearing blockages to prevent flooding around culverts and bridges.
They are also checking all the flood defences across the region to make sure they are ready to operate.
Agency officers are also out in Calderdale visiting residents and business owners affected by the flooding at the end of June.
They are visiting Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd along with the National Flood Forum and partner organisations to offer advice and support.