Flood Alert Info - River Leven

Area Description

River Leven and tributaries from its source downstream to the River Tees.
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

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • Each Flood Alert may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Alert table above.

Flood Alert issued on 28 Aug 2020 15:53
River Leven
River levels on the River Leven remain high as a result of heavy rainfall through Thursday night and into Friday morning, 28/08/2020. Although high levels will continue into the evening, they are not expected to rise much further and flood warnings will not be required. The Stokesley Penstock will be re-opened on Saturday morning, and we have operational teams on standby through the night. We will continue to monitor the situation. This message will be updated by 10:00 tomorrow, 29/08/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Aug 2020 08:53
River Leven
River levels have risen on the River Leven as a result of heavy rainfall throughout last night, 27/08/2020. River levels are expected to remain high today, 28/08/2020, as a result of further rainfall this morning. The Stokesley Flood Diversion channel is also likely to be operated to reduce risk to the town and have operational teams ready to respond. We will continue to monitor the situation through the day today and issue any flood warnings that may be required. This message will be updated by 16:00 today, 28/08/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Aug 2020 20:39
River Leven
River levels are forecast to rise on the River Leven as a result of heavy rainfall through Thursday night and into Friday morning, 28/08/2020. We are likely to see river levels rise through the early hours of Friday and continue to rise further down the catchment throughout the day. The Stokesley Flood Diversion channel is also likely to operate to reduce risk to the town and we will have operational teams on standby through the night. We will continue to monitor the situation through the night and issue any flood warnings that may be required. This message will be updated by 09:00 tomorrow, 28/08/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 08:07
River Leven
River levels have risen on the River Leven overnight as a result of heavy rainfall from Storm Dennis. Consequently, river levels will remain high throughout this morning, 16/02/2020. No flood warnings are expected to be issued. However, flooding of low lying land and roads may be possible in areas downstream of Stokesley. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking defences. This message will be updated this afternoon, 16/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Nov 2019 14:05
River Leven
River levels remain high at the Stokesley Upstream river gauge as a result of prolonged rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible throughout Thursday afternoon, 28/11/19. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads around Stokesley. There is very little further rain forecast and so we expect river levels to recede later this afternoon. We are closely monitoring the situation and do not expect to issue any flood warnings. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers. This message will be updated by 20:00 on 28/11/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Nov 2019 08:38
River Leven
River levels have risen overnight at the Stokesley Upstream river gauge as a result of prolonged rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible throughout Thursday, 28/11/19. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads around Stokesley. Further showers are forecast until midday on Thursday and we expect river levels to remain high until late Thursday afternoon. We are closely monitoring the situation and do not expect to issue any flood warnings. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers. This message will be updated by 15:00 on 28/11/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Nov 2019 20:16
River Leven
River levels are forecast to rise at the Stokesley Upstream river gauge as a result of prolonged overnight rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible from 23:00 Wednesday, 27/11/19, into the early hours of Thursday morning. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths and low lying land and roads around Stokesley. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours and we expect river levels to remain high until late Thursday afternoon. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers. This message will be updated by 10:00 on 28/11/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Oct 2019 11:54
River Leven
River levels have risen on the River Leven as a result of heavy rainfall on Friday night into Saturday morning, with levels expected to peak this afternoon, Saturday 26/10/2019. Areas most at risk are riverside footpaths, low lying land and roads. Flooding of properties is not currently expected and no further rainfall is forecast. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incidence response staff are checking defences. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, and plan driving routed to avoid low lying roads near rivers. This message will be updated by 19:00, 26/10/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Jun 2019 15:25
River Leven
River levels have risen on the River Leven as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. The main areas of concern are around Stokesley, Great Ayton and Hutton Rudby, where flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We are closely monitoring the situation. We do not forecast the situation to deteriorate any further, however we expect the river to remain high throughout Thursday with a gradual reduction in river levels overnight. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 10:00 Friday, 14th June, or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Jun 2019 11:20
River Leven
River levels have risen on the River Leven as a result of persistent heavy rainfall overnight. The main areas of concern are around Stokesley, Great Ayton and Hutton Rudby, where flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We are closely monitoring the situation. We do not forecast the situation to deteriorate any further, however we expect the river to remain high throughout Thursday. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 19:00 Thursday, 13th June, or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Jun 2019 04:20
River Leven
River levels have risen on the River Leven as a result of persistent heavy rainfall overnight. The main areas of concern are around Stokesley, Great Ayton and Hutton Rudby, where flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We are closely monitoring the situation. We do not forecast the situation to deteriorate any further, however we expect the river to remain high throughout Thursday though no flooding to properties is currently forecast. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 12:00 Thursday, 13th June, or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Jun 2019 12:58
River Leven
River levels have risen at the Stokesley river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. The main areas of concern are around Stokesley and Great Ayton, where flooding of roads and farmland is possible today, 12/06/2019. The river level is forecast to recede temporarily this afternoon however further heavy rainfall is forecast this evening and we expect the river level to rise again. No flooding to properties is currently expected but we are closely monitoring the situation. This message will be updated this evening, 12/06/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Sep 2017 07:54
River Leven
Last night saw heavy rainfall in some parts of North Yorkshire. This has meant that the River Leven is now rising. The main area of concern is Stokesley, where levels suggest that there might be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river. We expect the river to remain high throughout today though no flooding to properties is currently forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. Avoid walking or driving along riverside roads and footpaths. We are monitoring river levels closely. Our operational teams are out on the ground checking and clearing any blockages from rivers and the penstocks upstream of Stokesley have been closed. This message will be updated at 12:00 today or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Jul 2017 20:15
River Leven
This is an update to the current flood alert which was issued in response to the forecast for thunderstorms, and potentially heavy downpours across Cleveland this evening (Thursday 6th July). The forecasted thunderstorms have moved out of this area, and the risk of flooding is reduced. However due to the nature of these storms, there is a low risk that storms could return to the area, so this flood alert remains in force overnight. Where rain does fall however, we could expect to see localised surface water flooding and flooding from smaller faster responding rivers in urban areas. Our teams are still in the area inspecting watercourses and removing blockages. We continue to monitor the situation closely. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk. This message will be updated by 10am Friday 7th July or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Jul 2017 17:49
River Leven
This flood alert has been issued in response to the forecast for thunderstorms and potentially heavy downpours across Cleveland between 6pm and 10pm this evening. Due to the nature of these storms, there is low confidence in the location and details of the heaviest rainfall. Where rain does fall however, we could expect to see localised surface water flooding and flooding from smaller faster responding rivers in Cleveland and urban areas. Given the speed at which levels in the faster responding rivers may rise, we may not have time to issue flood warnings before the onset of any flooding. As such, please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. Our teams have been out to inspect watercourses and remove blockages and we are monitoring the situation closely. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk. This message will be updated by 10am or earlier if the situation changes.