The Environment Agency is warning communities in Yorkshire to prepare for significant river flooding this weekend as heavy rain is expected to fall on already saturated ground.
North and West Yorkshire, and Cumbria, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester, are the areas currently most at risk of significant river and localised surface water flooding on Saturday evening (14 November) and into Sunday (15 November).
The flood risk comes as heavy and persistent rainfall – a month’s rain could fall on localised high ground – affects parts of northern England on Saturday evening and into Sunday. Many northern parts of the country are already saturated after days of wet and windy weather. The outlook is set to remain unsettled into next week.
Environment Agency teams are already working hard to prepare by checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses, monitoring water levels and issuing flood warnings where necessary.
Residents and businesses are advised to check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation at www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding, or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
If travelling the public should not attempt to drive through flood water – 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.