See latest update from the Emergency Planning Team, below:

Have just finished the Environment Agency Flooding Teleconference.

  • Met Office reports that we are due another several hours of persistent rain, with two high level intensity bursts of rain forecast for this morning.
  • The intense band of rain should leave our area and head further North this evening. Another much weaker band of rain will cross the region Sunday pm
  • Main message is that River levels on the Aire and the Wharfe are set to rise to levels higher than seen in 2012 .   
  • Current reports indicate that at this time there is flooding from the river around the city centre side of the Millennium Bridge near the armouries. Highways have been tasked with closing the city centre side of the bridge.
  • Around Skipton, the latest Flood Gauge readings are higher than the ‘Highest previous recorded level’ and are still rising. 
  • Otley and Allerton Bywater are the main areas affected at the moment.
  • Skipton town centre should peak at 3.4m around lunchtime – highest ever level was 2.90metres and the river level in mid Leeds at Armley is forecast to reach 4.5m at 1.30pm this afternoon. (Highest ever level previously was 4.03m)
  • Request for road closure at Barnsdale Road- I will speak to our Highways teams to get the signage to the North End of the Barnsdale Road closure.
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are now only attending Flooding calls where there is a Risk to Life – especially in the Calderdale area, where there is extensive flooding already.
  • Next scheduled Flooding Teleconference is at 8am on Sunday 27th December