More flood alerts issued as rain continues across Bradford

A scene of flooding in the Aire Valley yesterday

A scene of flooding in the Aire Valley yesterday

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

Persistent rainfall led to a house flooding in Apperley Bridge and impassable roads with warnings issued about how to cope with floodwater.

Firefighters from Rawdon were called out late on Monday to a house in Apperley Bridge after water seeping into the floor played havoc with the electrics. Firefighters spent two hours pumping water out from underneath the house in Little Park.

Meanwhile, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people at risk of flooding to think ahead and Yorkshire Water has mounted an operation working alongside local authorities and the Environment Agency to reduce the risk of flooding.

Two main roads through Wharfedale were closed because of flooding on Tuesday afternoon, and two Ilkley bus services were not serving the town.

The A65 was closed between Burley -in-Wharfedale and Ilkley, and the A660 was closed between Otley and Burley.

West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Service said the X84 service, connecting Leeds, Otley, Burley, Ilkley and Skipton , was not serving Ilkley.

Meanwhile, in Otley, the river had risen so high during the morning council bosses closed off parts of Wharfemeadows Park.

At Pool -in-Wharfedale, water at Pool Bridge had risen to 3.72 metres by midday on Tuesday – just shy of the highest level, 3.77 metres, ever recorded there. In Brighouse , two motorists were left stranded on top of their car at Thornhills Beck Lane after heavy rain caused the water level of a ford to rise.

A Yorkshire Water spokesman said: “As ever, teams are out checking sewers are flowing freely and removing any blockages where necessary. We are also contacting vulnerable customers and arranging for sandbags to be made available to them where appropriate.”

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue is urging people to turn off electrical items if they are at risk of flooding.

According to the Met Office, the public need to be aware of the risk of localised surface-water flooding with further heavy rain or showers expected across Yorkshire and Humber throughout the day. Yesterday saw an amber alert of rain which means that people need to be prepared, with a yellow alert in place today – meaning people need to be aware.

Visit www.metoffice.gov.uk and the Environment Agency’s website www.environment-agency.gov.uk. The Floodline helpline is 0845 988 1188.

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12:19pm Wed 26 Sep 12

DevonBull says...

Dont suppose anybody can sort Northumberland and the A1 please?
Dont suppose anybody can sort Northumberland and the A1 please? DevonBull
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3:42pm Wed 26 Sep 12

A Casual Observer says...

Most people would be best advised to stay off work and remain at home when the weather is so bad. No job is worth risking your life for, and you will only add to the problems on the roads.
Most people would be best advised to stay off work and remain at home when the weather is so bad. No job is worth risking your life for, and you will only add to the problems on the roads. A Casual Observer
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2:09pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Ian H 1971 says...

I drove past the poor little red Micra car in this video, but nobody was in it at the time. The water had grown from a small puddle, to a large expanse of deeper water by the time I approached it around 13:45. I cannot say how fast the red car was going, but many other cars were going at 50mph! I found it too dangerous to do the normal speeds and instead went at 20mph or less, particularly down the steep Chevin hill.
I drove past the poor little red Micra car in this video, but nobody was in it at the time. The water had grown from a small puddle, to a large expanse of deeper water by the time I approached it around 13:45. I cannot say how fast the red car was going, but many other cars were going at 50mph! I found it too dangerous to do the normal speeds and instead went at 20mph or less, particularly down the steep Chevin hill. Ian H 1971
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