Heavy rain has lead to a flood alert being issued along Wortley Beck and Farnley Beck this evening (Monday, 31 October 2022).
The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the Wyke Beck, Meanwood Beck and Wortley Beck catchments.
Areas most at risk include tributaries of the River Aire in north and west Leeds, along with Wortley Beck, Farnley Beck, Farnley Wood Beck and Millshaw Beck in south Leeds.
The alert said: “Avoid using low lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses and do not attempt to walk or drive through flood water. Please be aware that localised surface water flooding is possible.”
The Met Office has forecast heavy rain in Leeds until 8am tomorrow (Tuesday, 1 November).
What is a flood alert?
If a flood alert is issued, this indicates that an area should prepare, including making defences, preparing a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents, and staying up to date with the latest flood alerts. When a flood warning is issued, this indicates a greater level of severity.