UPDATES SUNDAY 6pm: A flood alert for the Middle River Aire catchment area – which includes Kirkstall and Burley – has been withdrawn. There is now no threat of flooding in the area.
UPDATE SUNDAY 10am: A flood warning for Kirkstall Forge has been withdrawn as water levels on River Aire have reduced. Scattered showers are forecast throughout Sunday, but those are not expected to have any impact on river levels.
ORIGINAL POST: A flood alert has been issued for the Middle River Aire catchment area – which includes Kirkstall.
A flood alert is not the same as a full flood warning and urges people to be vigilant, rather than take action.
Lucinda Yeadon, a former Kirkstall councillor and leader of the Boxing Day floods clean-up in 2015, posted on Kirkstall Online Facebook group:
“Not wanting to cause any alarm but there is a flood alert in force for the Middle River Aire catchment area (which includes Kirkstall). This is not a flood warning but only an alert to ensure that folks in low lying areas are vigilant.”
Kirkstall Bridge Inn is under threat of flooding. It has issued an appeal on social media for sandbags in return for a drink.
— Kirkstall Brewery Co 🇪🇺 (@kirkstallbrew) March 16, 2019
Water levels are also rising in the Farnley and Wortley Beck catchment areas and householders are being warned to be vigilant.
— Farnley Reservoir (@FarnleyRes) March 16, 2019
BBC Weather is currently forecasting that the rains will subside this evening.
Homes in LS13, LS12 and LS5 suffered a power cut earlier today. The outage was caused by the power grid having to disconnect the electricity supply due to the trench under the box continually flooding.
Norther Powergrid was expecting all power to be restored by 7pm.
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