FLOODING UPDATE 26/12/15 – 1946hrs

See latest update below from the Emergency Planning Team:

  • Extensive flooding along both River Aire and Wharfe. 
  • River Aire is showing a drop in levels at Cottingley Bridge and Saltaire now, so the EA best guess is that we can expect the River to peak in Leeds at Armley 11pm to midnight tonight, and at Crown Point around midnight.
  • Peak River flow depth at Armley is forecast to be approximately 5 metres ( max previous depth in 2000 floods was 4.03m)
  • Peak River flow depth at Crown Point is forecast to be approximately 2.75metres  ( max previous depth was 2.45m).
  • EA do not expect any further properties to be affected as the water level is now plateau-ing in Leeds.
  • NOTE that the water level will remain VERY high and will not start to drop appreciably until early hours of MONDAY morning- so 30hours away), so Clean-up will probably not be possible until Monday
  • Wall collapse at Wetherby – opposite Wetherby Police Station. No injuries. Currently in the process of demolishing the unsafe wall. All rubble will be banked up and a single lane of traffic with traffic lights will be opened onto Wetherby bridge.
  • Checking the EA river gauges, the River Wharfe at Otley levelled out at around 4pm at 1.97metres. EA Flood Control Room confirm this, and say that the river will stay very high for 3-4 hours.
  • Surface water is topping up the river, so the water level will drop slowly.  Note that the R. Wharfe traditionally responds much more quickly than the R. Aire
  • Update – As at 7pm the flood gauge for Otley shows the water receding back to the previous highest flood level- so still very high, but starting to move in the right direction. 
  • Kirkstall Road at Savins Mill way/ Kirkstall Morrisons was supposed to be closed, but Police and LCC Highways had to leave it as there were so many vehicles ignoring signage and so many entrances into the gyratory, and it covers such a huge area that it is impossible to barrier off completely.  4×4 vehicles still forcing through the flood water at the expense of potentially flooding smaller vehicles.  LCC  Highways have returned to scene and taken more barriers to scene, but 4 x 4 drivers still ignoring these.
  • Kirkstall Bridge  closed to traffic.  Bridge End Pub also reported flooded.
  • Railway Line at Kirkstall is being monitored by Network Rail. The rail way line hasn’t suffered damage like it did in 2000, but the service to Ilkley is unlikely to run first thing Sunday. 
  • The Network Rail staff are pumping the rail line out, but fighting a losing battle as the river level rises.  They will return early hours of Sunday morning with more pumps.
  • Goodmans St , Hunslett– four feet deep for 100metres- some residents self-evacuated by boat.
  • Neptune St, East St,Great Wilson St, Sovereign street and many other road around the city, close to the river all showing deep flooding.
  • Power outage reported on The Calls/ Sovereign St/ Southern half of Briggate, and Dock St/Asda House area.
  • Reports of a loud bang before the power went off, so we suspect a sub station may have shorted out.  Northern Powergrid are aware and en route to effect repairs.
  • At 7pm West Yorkshire Police declared the rainfall and Flooding a MAJOR INCIDENT.
  • This doesn’t affect how LCC will respond to the incident, but does assist if Emergency Services partners need to request Mutual Aid.
  • Next Environment Agency Flooding Tele-conference is 8am Sunday morning.