Flood Alert Info - River Calder

Area Description

Rivers Calder, Brun, Don and Pendlewater, from Laneshaw Bridge to the river Ribble including Trawden, Burnley, Nelson, Colne, Accrington and Whalley.
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert History

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 24 Feb 2020 13:08
River Calder
River levels are rising at the Reedyford river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible between 13:00 and 18:00 today, 24/02/20. Areas affected are low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. We expect river levels to remain high until 18:00 on 24/02/20. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this evening, 24/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Feb 2020 16:56
River Calder
River levels are forecast to rise at the Reedyford river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible from 19:00 today, 21/02/20. Areas affected include low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. We expect river levels to rise until 23:00 on 21/02/2020. Further rainfall is forecast over the weekend. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Please see the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 22/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 00:00
River Calder
River levels are forecast to rise at the Oxford Road river gauge as a result of Storm Dennis. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains on low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries We expect river levels to remain high until 08:00 on 16/02/20. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 17:41
River Calder
River levels are forecast to rise at the Oxford Road river gauge as a result of Storm Dennis, forecast to peak around 8:00am Sunday 16 February. Consequently, there is a risk of flooding from rivers and surface water. Low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. Heavy rainfall is expected throughout the evening and will continue until Sunday morning 16 February. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Temporary flood defences have been deployed at Billington and Ribchester.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 10:51
River Calder
River levels are forecast to rise at the Low Moor river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, there is a risk of flooding from rivers and surface water. Low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue until 8am on Sunday 16 February. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Temporary flood defences have been deployed at Billington and Ribchester. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated as the situation develops.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2020 11:03
River Calder
River levels remain high but are beginning to fall at the Oxford Road river gauge as a result of Storm Ciara. Consequently, the risk of further flooding is reducing. Areas effected include low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. Strong winds and showers are forecast to continue. However river levels have now fallen below the flood risk threshold. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated this afternoon, 10/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 21:27
River Calder
We expect river levels to reduce overnight Sunday 09/02/20 We are closely monitoring the situation in our Incident Room. Our incident response staff are checking defences and clearing weed screens. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated on Monday Morning 10/02/20 or as the situation changes


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 06:04
River Calder
River levels have risen overnight at the Oxford Road river gauge as a result of Storm Ciara. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible on Sunday 09/02/20 to low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries We expect river levels to remain high until early afternoon on Sunday 09/02/20. We are closely monitoring the situation in our Incident Room. Our incident response staff are checking defences and clearing weed screens. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Nov 2019 11:16
River Calder
River levels are forecast to rise as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding could occur between 11:00 today and 06:00 tomorrow 08/11/19. Low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. Flood water could be deep and fast flowing, and therefore pose a risk to life. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to rise until 23:00 on 07/11/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are clearing weed screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this evening, 07/11/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 14:48
River Calder
River levels have risen at the Oxford Road river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast until this afternoon, 29/09/2019. We expect river levels to remain high into this evening. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 05:39
River Calder
River levels have risen at the Oxford Road river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast until this afternoon, 29/09/2019. We expect river levels to remain high until then. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Sep 2019 17:41
River Calder
River levels are rising within the Catchment as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property is expected to continue. Flooding is affecting low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. Further heavy rainfall is forecast overnight, and we expect river levels to remain high We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are clearing weed screens. Please see the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 29/09/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Sep 2019 16:58
River Calder
River levels are expected to remain high into this


Flood Alert issued on 24 Sep 2019 08:06
River Calder
River levels are forecast to rise as a result of l


Flood Alert issued on 23 Sep 2019 20:51
River Calder
River levels are forecast to rise as a result of localised thunderstorms and persistent rainfall overnight and during the day on 24/09/19. Flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible but there is low confidence given the unpredictable nature of thunderstorms. Areas at risk are low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. We expect river levels to remain high until 18:00 on 24/09/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 24/09/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Sep 2019 08:22
River Calder
River levels may rise quickly in fast responding rivers and streams as a result of localised thunderstorms passing through the area. Localised thunderstorms are expected during the early hours of Sunday and to continue during the day. Flooding is possible but there is low confidence given the unpredictable nature of thunderstorms. Areas at risk are low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. We expect river levels to rise and remain high until 18:00 on 22/09/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this afternoon, 22/09/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Sep 2019 21:27
River Calder
River levels may rise quickly in fast responding rivers and streams as a result of localised thunderstorms passing through the area. Localised thunderstorms are expected during the early hours of Sunday and to continue during the day. Flooding is possible but there is low confidence given the unpredictable nature of thunderstorms. Areas at risk are low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. We expect river levels to rise and remain high until 18:00 on 22/09/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are clearing weed screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 22/09/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Jul 2019 20:31
River Calder
River levels are forecast to rise in the Calder catchment as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding could occur between 21:00 on 28/07/2019 and 06:00 on 29/07/19, but there is low confidence given the unpredictable nature of the rainfall. Low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas may be at risk. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. We expect river levels to rise until 01:00 on 29/07/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and clearing weed screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 28/07/19, or as the situation changes leading to flood warnings.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 17:49
River Calder
River levels are forecast to rise on the River Calder as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible until later this evening, 16/03/2019. Flooding is affecting low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. We expect river levels to remain high until this evening on 16/03/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 09:17
River Calder
River levels are forecast to rise on the River Calder as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible this morning, 16/03/19 until later this evening. Flooding is affecting low lying land and roads in the Trawden, Barrowford, Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Accrington and Whalley areas. High river levels are possible on the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don, Hyndburn and Pendlewater and their tributaries. We expect river levels to remain high until this evening on 16/03/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Mar 2019 23:39
River Calder
The forecast is for a spell of fairly persistent rain coming in this evening Wednesday, 13/03/19 and overnight Thursday, 14/03/19. River levels are expected to rise during the night and early morning. Further rainfall is forecast over the next few days into the weekend and we are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Mar 2019 16:46
River Calder
The forecast is for a spell of fairly persistent rain coming in this evening Wednesday, 13/03/19 and overnight Thursday, 14/03/19. River levels are expected to rise during the night and early morning. Further rainfall is forecast over the next few days into the weekend and we are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Oct 2018 10:32
River Calder
Rainfall is currently affecting the area and will continue throughout Saturday, with the heaviest rainfall passing through before midday. The rivers are reacting to the rain and are forecast to rise over the next few hours. Properties and low lying areas may be affected during this time. Environment Agency officers are out checking defences and watercourse, and will be closely monitoring the situation throughout the evening and overnight. People are advised to keep up to date with the situation by listening to local radio and checking gov.uk. People should also avoid and be prepared for flooding during Saturday morning. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Oct 2018 01:03
River Calder
Rainfall is currently affecting the area and will continue throughout Friday night and Saturday. The rivers are reacting to the rain and are forecast to rise through Friday evening, overnight and into Saturday morning. Environment Agency officers are out checking defences and watercourses, and will be closely monitoring the situation throughout the evening and overnight. People are advised to keep up to date with the situation by listening to local radio and checking gov.uk. People should also avoid and be prepared for flooding overnight or during Saturday morning. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Oct 2018 17:39
River Calder
Rainfall is currently affecting the area and will continue throughout Friday night and Saturday. The rivers are reacting to the rain and are forecast to rise through Friday evening, overnight and into Saturday morning. Properties and low lying areas may be affected during this time particularly around Oxford Road (Burnley), Carry Bridge (Colne) and Whalley. Environment Agency officers are out checking defences and watercourse, and will be closely monitoring the situation throughout the evening and overnight. People are advised to keep up to date with the situation by listening to local radio and checking gov.uk. People should also avoid and be prepared for flooding overnight or during Saturday morning. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Sep 2018 00:47
River Calder
Heavy showers are forecast to continue through the night, becoming more sporadic in nature during the day on Friday. River levels are reacting to the rain and may rise at times. Remain safe, monitor your local weather conditions and be aware of your local surroundings. We will be closely monitoring the situation and this message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Sep 2018 18:00
River Calder
Persistent, heavy rainfall is currently affecting the area and will continue until midnight on Friday 21st September. River levels are reacting to the rain and are forecast to rise through the night. Remain safe, monitor your local weather conditions and be aware of your local surroundings. We will be closely monitoring the situation throughout the day and this message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Jan 2018 20:53
River Calder
Heavy rain is expected overnight and tomorrow morning, rivers may respond quickly.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Nov 2017 18:39
River Calder
Heavy rain and strong winds are expected across parts of Lancashire on Wednesday evening before gradually easing overnight. The rain will clear eastwards during the early hours of Thursday morning. There remains some uncertainty with regards to the exact location of the heaviest rain. River levels have risen slightly throughout today and will rise again this evening as further rain falls. River levels are expected to peak later on Thursday morning. We will continue to monitor the situation. Surface water is affecting roads throughout the catchment.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Oct 2017 17:25
River Calder
Heavy rainfall is expected across Lancashire during this evening and into the early hours of Wednesday 24th October. River levels are expected to peak in the Calder catchment on Wednesday 24th October at 4am . We do not expect river levels to exceed flood alert level and therefore we are not expecting to issue a flood warning in this area.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Oct 2017 09:10
River Calder
Rain will continue during the day, easing later this afternoon. We are monitoring river levels closely. Our Operational Teams are out on the ground checking and clearing blockages from rivers.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Oct 2017 18:38
River Calder
Persistent, heavy rainfall is currently affecting the area and will continue throughout Saturday 21st October into Sunday 22nd October. The River is reacting to the rain and is forecast to rise during the day and into tonight.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Sep 2017 08:26
River Calder
Heavy and persistent rain overnight have caused the river levels to rise. Although the rain is expected to clear by late morning some heavy showers forecast for this afternoon may cause the rivers to rise quickly. We will be monitoring the situation throughout the day.