Flood alerts issued in West Leeds

The new flood defences at Kirkstall Bridge have held up. Photo: Keef Williamson

Flood alerts have been issued for Wortley Beck and for the Middle River Aire Catchment in West Leeds.

There are three types of warning issued when flooding is forecast. These warnings are: flood alerts, flood warnings and severe flood warnings. A flood alert encourages people to be aware that flooding is possible.

In Kirkstall, newly constructed flood defences are being put to the test.

New flood defences working well in Kirkstall. Photo: Keef Williamson

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Further heavy rainfall is forecast throughout the weekend and river levels are expected to continue to rise. Our incident rooms are open and we are closely monitoring rainfall and river levels.

“Avoid using low lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses and do not attempt to walk or drive through flood water. Start acting on your flood plan if you have one.”

You can check the status of the latest flood alerts in Leeds here.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for rain across the city and surrounding areas in West Yorkshire. The weather warning was put in place on Thursday (October 19) and remains in place until 6am on Saturday, October 21.


  1. Flood defences are working WELL ???????. Really it looks no different than before , lots of money spent — little success so far, probably needs doing again. At least the walls held — keeping the downstairs dryer, wouldn’t call it a raging ( no pun intended) tho


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