Floods hit the Harrogate district as new storms blow in

Flood warnings and alerts are in place across the Harrogate district, with parts of the are already under water.
Flood warnings and alerts are in place across the Harrogate district, with parts of the are already under water.

The Harrogate district is on flood alert today after another band of heavy rain sweeps across Yorkshire with some routes already engulfed in water.

The Met Office has issued warnings of severe weather and the Environment Agency says North and West Yorkshire are at risk from significant river and localised surface water.

Flooding has already been reported in Knaresborough and Pateley Bridge, as well as other parts of the borough, including Masham. The Wetherby area has also been affected.

In Otley, the playground next to Wharfemeadows Park is completely under water, and Denton Road and Bridge Lane in Ilkley were deep in water.

The main A65 between Burley-in-Wharfedale and Ilkley was also said to be impassable.

The Environment Agency said a number of flood warnings were in place, at a number of locations across Yorkshire including the River Ure at Masham, River Nidd at Knaresborough and the River Wharfe at Wetherby.

Northern Rail tweeted: “Due to flooding at Hebden Bridge all lines are blocked.” It said services between Leeds and Huddersfield, Leeds and Shipley and Skipton and Settle were running at reduced speeds because of the conditions.

Cumbria has been highlighted as the area most at risk as some areas of the north prepare for a month’s rainfall in 24 hours.

Met Office forecaster Nicola Willis said high ground is likely to be most affected with up to 7.9in (200mm) of rain expected over the weekend onto already saturated ground.

Ms Willis said: “These areas have had a lot of rain already this week and they are already quite saturated.

“We are expecting the rain to be heavy and persistent, although the heaviest rain will not necessarily continue through the whole of the warning period.”

Many areas covered by the warning are likely to see 2.8-3.9in (70-100mm) of rain, while some more exposed parts of North Wales and north west England could see as much as 5.9-7.9in (150-200mm).

The Environment Agency said its teams have been checking defences and deploying high-volume pumps.

Craig Woolhouse, Environment Agency Director of Incident Management, said: “River levels across northern England are already high and are expected to rise with this further heavy rainfall, bringing with them a significant risk of flooding. We are working closely with the emergency services and partners to prepare ahead of the weekend.

“Our teams are already in action clearing watercourses, maintaining existing defences and standing ready to deploy temporary pumps and defences where these can be effective.”

This latest band of severe, wet weather to hit the UK comes in the wake of Storm Abigail which left more than 20,000 homes without power and schools closed in Shetland and the Western Isles as it swept across Britain. The Highlands and Islands were worst hit by gusts of 84mph while the rest of the UK experienced thundery showers as a result of Britain’s first named storm.

The Environment Agency has issued the following flood warnings in the Harrogate district, including Wetherby and Tadcaster:

River Nidd at Knaresborough caravan parks: The current river level at Birstwith is 3.2m. The current level at Knaresborough is 1.6m and is currently forecast to reach 2m later today. Further rainfall is expected.

River Nidd at Hunsingore and Cattal: The flood warning for the River Nidd at Hunsingore and Cattal has been issued due to river levels responding to recent heavy rainfall. The current level at Hunsingore is 0.7m and is rising, the current level at Birstwith is 2.2m and is rising. Heavy rain is forecast overnight.

River Nidd at Knaresborough: The current river level at Birstwith is 3.2m. The current level at Knaresborough is 1.6m and is currently forecast to reach 2m later today. Further rainfall is expected.

Collingham Beck at Collingham: The current river level at Netherside Hall is 3.6m and remains high. Further rainfall is expected today.

River Wharfe at Wetherby: This flood warning remains in force due to river levels responding to recent heavy rainfall. The current river level at Netherside Hall is 3.5m. Further widespread rainfall is expected today.

River Wharfe at Tadcaster: The flood warning for the River Wharfe at Tadcaster has been issued due to river levels responding to recent heavy rainfall. The current level at Arthington is 4m and rising. The current level of the River Wharfe at Tadcaster is 2.5m and forecasted to peak at 3m overnight. Further rainfall is forecast today.

River Ure at Masham: The flood warning for the River Ure at Masham has been issued due to river levels responding to recent heavy rainfall. The current river level at Kilgram is 4m and is forecast to reach 4.3m later on today.

The Environment Agency has issued the following flood alerts:

Lower River Nidd

Upper River Nidd

Lower River Ure

Tidal River Wharfe

To keep track of flood warnings and alerts in the area click here.