Floods in UK July 2013

After heavy storms and long periods of heavy rainfall were seen across much of the United Kingdom over the last few days, floods have hit the county of West Yorkshire and in particular the small town of Todmorden.

Some Todmorden streets were under 40 to 50cm of water. Roads and railway lines were submerged and a bridge damaged. It is understood that around 20 houses were flooded and fire rescue teams had to pump water from various houses and deal with a collapsed road. Drivers have been warned to avoid the area.

The UK government’s Environment Agency issued a flood warning yesterday evening for the areas nearby the River Calder and its tributaries after river levels rose dramatically. The area under threat of flooding included the towns stretching along the river basin from Todmorden to Brighouse.

Todmorden was badly flooded in 2012 is fast becoming the country’s town synonymous with floods. Below is a video showing images of the last flood in Todmorden:

Last week the UK saw floods in areas just further south of Yorkshire, including Market Harborough in Leicestershire, and also parts of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

UK Flood Warnings

The UK authorities use 3 official levels of flood warning:

  1. Severe Flood Warning
  2. Flood Warning
  3. Flood Alert

The Environment Agency is reporting 2 flood alerts in Lancashire (North West England) along the River Spodden. There are currently no severe flood warnings in England or Wales.

Use the map here to see where all the current flooding threats are in England and Wales.

For those needing more information on flooding in UK, call the UK Government flood centre, Floodline, on 0845 988 1188 or visit the government Environment Agency’s website here.