Flood Alert Info - River Calder Upper catchment

Area Description

River Calder and its tributaries from Todmorden to Brighouse.

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 Currently in Force

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Area Covered by this Flood Alert

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Flood Alert History

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 13 Oct 2018 05:49
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
The Flood Alert for the Upper River Calder remains in force as river levels have risen in response to the overnight rainfall. The wet weather is forecast to continue into Saturday and may contain periods of short, sharp, heavy showers. Any rain that falls will ensure that the rivers will remain higher than they have appeared to be over recent weeks. We are continuing to monitor the situation. Updates to river levels can be found on the GOV.uk website, and the weather forecasts for your area can be found on the Met Office website at www.metoffice.gov.uk. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. Be prepared to act on your flood plan.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Oct 2018 18:33
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued in response to the forecast for a band of persistent and potentially heavy rain that could affect areas across the Upper Calder Catchment from Friday evening into Saturday evening. It is not possible to predict the precise location of the rainfall, but where it does fall there is a risk of localised surface water flooding and flooding from smaller rivers affecting roads, homes and businesses. We are taking the precautionary measure of issuing a flood alert. We are monitoring the situation and our field teams are working with partners to ensure that defences are clear of obstructions. Given the speed at which levels in the faster responding rivers may rise, we may not have time to issue all flood warnings before the onset of any flooding. For weather forecasts for your area please see the Met Office - www.metoffice.gov.uk. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. Be prepared to act on your flood plan.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Sep 2018 14:56
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
Following the heavy rainfall overnight river levels have peaked and are now falling. Heavy showers are expected today which may cause water levels to rise periodically in the River Calder. The heavy showers are expected to move away this evening. We have closed the Leeds incident room but are ready to open it again on Sunday if an area of heavy rainfall forecast for Central England moves further north. Our operational staff will be out today checking our flood defences and clearing debris screens. We will update this message as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Sep 2018 08:12
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
Following the heavy rainfall overnight river levels have peaked and are now falling. Further showers are expected throughout the daytime on Friday which may cause river levels to rise again, and there may be some localised surface water flooding in areas of heavy rainfall. Tonight and tomorrow we expect river levels to fall however there is potential for further significant rainfall on Sunday. We currently do not expect flooding to affect properties today, but are continuing to monitor the situation from the Leeds Incident Room. We anticipate closing the Leeds incident room later today, but reopening later on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s rainfall. Our operational staff will be out today checking our flood defences and ensuring trash screens are clear of debris. Please keep an eye on local weather forecasts and if you have a flood plan, please be prepared to act on it. We will update this message as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Sep 2018 03:00
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
Following the heavy rainfall yesterday (September 20) river levels have peaked and are falling. Further showery rain is expected throughout Friday which may cause levels to rise again. The Leeds Incident Room remains open and we are closely monitoring the latest information. Please keep an eye on local weather forecasts and if you have a flood plan, please be prepared to act on it


Flood Alert issued on 20 Sep 2018 20:35
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
A band of persistent rainfall is continuing to cross Yorkshire overnight and into tomorrow. The expected rainfall totals will cause a rise in levels in the River Calder with the potential for flooding of lower lying land and property. The exact location of the heaviest rainfall is not currently known but river levels will remain high throughout the night. We are continuing to closely monitor the situation from our Leeds Incident Room. Please keep an eye on local weather forecasts and if you have a flood plan, please be prepared to act on it.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Sep 2018 13:27
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
A band of persistent and heavy rainfall is expected to cross Yorkshire today from around 2:00pm onwards. The expected rainfall totals will cause a rapid rise in levels in the River Calder with the potential for flooding of lower lying land and property. The exact location of the heaviest rainfall is not currently known but river levels are expected to peak between 9:00pm this evening (20 September) and 3:00am tomorrow morning (21 September). We have opened the Leeds Incident Room and are closely monitoring the latest information. Please keep an eye on local weather forecasts and if you have a flood plan, please be prepared to act on it.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Aug 2018 13:45
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
Heavy showers and thunderstorms could affect areas throughout South and West Yorkshire from this afternoon into this evening (Monday 13th August). It is not possible to predict the precise location of these thunderstorms. Where they occur there’s a risk of localised surface water flooding and flooding from smaller rivers. We are taking the precautionary measure of issuing flood alerts for faster responding rivers and surrounding communities. We are monitoring the situation, our field teams are ensuring that defences are clear of obstructions. Given the speed at which levels in faster responding rivers may rise, we may not have time to issue flood warnings before the onset of any flooding. For weather forecasts for your area please visit: www.metoffice.gov.uk. Please stay aware of your surroundings, do not put yourself at risk and be prepared to act on your flood plan.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Jul 2018 08:54
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued in response to the forecast for heavy showers and thunderstorms that could affect South and West Yorkshire throughout Friday 27th July; this is expected to go on into the evening. It is not possible to predict the precise location of these thunderstorms, but where they occur there’s a risk of localised surface water flooding and flooding from smaller rivers affecting roads, homes and businesses. This means that we are taking the precautionary measure of issuing flood alerts for faster responding rivers and surrounding communities. Our staff are monitoring the situation and our field teams are working with partners to ensure that defences are clear of obstructions. Given the speed at which levels in the faster responding rivers may rise, we may not have time to issue all flood warnings before the onset of any flooding. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. Be prepared to act on your flood plan


Flood Alert issued on 26 Jul 2018 15:17
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued in response to the forecast for heavy showers and thunderstorms that could affect areas throughout South and West Yorkshire from around 5pm this evening (Thursday 26 July). It is not possible to predict the precise location of these thunderstorms, but where they occur there’s a risk of localised surface water flooding and flooding from smaller rivers affecting roads, homes and businesses. This means that we are taking the precautionary measure of issuing flood alerts for faster responding rivers and surrounding communities. Our staff are monitoring the situation and our field teams are working with partners to ensure that defences are clear of obstructions. Given the speed at which levels in the faster responding rivers may rise, we may not have time to issue all flood warnings before the onset of any flooding. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. Be prepared to act on your flood plan.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Jun 2018 19:03
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued in response to the forecast for thunderstorms that could affect the area. It is not possible to predict the precise location of these thunderstorms, this means that we are taking the precautionary measure of issuing a flood alert. Heavy showers will be very much localised and most areas will remain dry. Where these showers occur, they have potential to bring large amounts of rainfall causing rivers in the area to respond rapidly and cause potential surface water flooding. Given the speed at which levels in the faster responding rivers may rise, we may not have time to issue all flood warnings before the onset of any flooding. For weather forecasts for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. Be prepared to act on your flood plan. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 1 May 2018 20:38
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued due to the band of rain that is forecast to pass through the catchment overnight. We are expecting river levels to respond in the early hours of the morning. We are monitoring the situation closely and will be continuing to do so throughout the night. We would also advise that you keep an eye on the local weather forecast and our river levels online website https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/river-and-sea-levels.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 19:32
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued in response to rising river levels on the River Calder following the persistent rainfall today, 2nd April 2018. The River Calder catchment is already saturated from recent rainfall, meaning rivers levels are very responsive and will remain high. We are monitoring the situation regularly in relation to flood risk and 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. We would also advise that you keep an eye on the local weather forecast and our river levels online website https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/river-and-sea-levels.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2018 21:40
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert is still in force as a precautionary measure. River levels have been falling more slowly than expected throughout today due to top up by showers. Further showers are forecast for this evening. River levels may response as a result of that around midnight and are expected to start to fall again during early hours of Tuesday 16th January we do not currently expect any significant impact. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk by walking or driving through flood water. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk. We continue to closely monitor the situation. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2018 17:24
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert is still in force as a precautionary measure. River levels have been falling slower than expected throughout today due to additional showers. Further showers are forecast for this evening. River levels may respond as a result of these around midnight and are expected to start to fall again during early hours of Tuesday 16th January, however we do not currently expect any significant impact. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk by walking or driving through flood water. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk. We continue to closely monitor the situation. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2018 09:09
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
The forecast for the Upper Calder has now improved and is currently forecast to peak around lunchtime today 15th Jan 2018. Further showers are forecast for the rest of today and tomorrow, but we do not currently expect any significant impact. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk by walking or driving through flood water. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk. We continue to closely monitor the situation. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Nov 2017 06:35
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert was in force as rainfall overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning across the Upper Calder Catchment was expected to raise river levels. We have seen a river response to this rainfall overnight but below levels of concern. All river levels on the Upper Calder and it’s tributaries have now peaked and are continuing to return to normal. Because of this, this flood alert is likely to be removed at 08:00 Thursday 23rd. Please keep up-to-date with the latest forecast information via our 5 day forecast on our website at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/5-day-flood-risk and the Met Office at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk


Flood Alert issued on 22 Nov 2017 23:40
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued in response to the rainfall that has fallen already and the further rainfall forecast across the Upper Calder Catchment. Rain will continue overnight and into the Thursday morning. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office website. The current forecast is not indicating that rivers will reach flood warning levels. We are however expecting rivers to rise steadily and flooding is possible from rivers and surface water if the heaviest burst of rain hit the Calder catchment. River levels are currently forecast to peak overnight. We are closely monitoring the situation as it develops and this message will be updated as/if the situation changes. Please stay safe and do not put yourself at risk by driving or walking through flood water.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Nov 2017 15:37
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued in response to the rainfall that has fallen already and the further rainfall forecast across the Upper Calder Catchment. Rain will continue throughout the afternoon and evening and into the Thursday morning. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office website. The current forecast is not indicating that rivers will reach flood warning levels. We are however, expecting rivers to rise steadily and flooding is possible from rivers and surface water if the heaviest burst of rain hit the Calder catchment. River levels are currently forecast to peak overnight. We are closely monitoring the situation as it develops and this message will be updated as/if the situation changes. Please stay safe and do not put yourself at risk by driving or walking through flood water.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Oct 2017 20:43
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This Flood Alert is still in force due to a further band of rain forecast overnight, which will cause river levels to respond but we currently do not expect any significant impact. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk. This message will be updated if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Oct 2017 13:43
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This Flood Alert is still in force due to a further band of rain forecast for this evening into the early hours of Wednesday, which will cause river levels to respond but we currently do not expect any significant impact. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk. This message will be updated if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Oct 2017 07:42
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
The forecast for the Upper Calder has now improved and levels are currently forecast below flood warning triggers. A further band of rain is forecast for this evening and overnight but we currently do not expect any significant impact. We continue to closely monitor the situation from the Leeds incident room which is now open. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk. This message will be updated if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Oct 2017 20:04
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued for the forecast for heavy showers that could affect areas in the upper calder catchment on 24th October 2017. The potential is for prolonged and widespread from early morning. It is not possible to predict the precise location of the rainfall, but there is a risk of localised surface water flooding and flooding from smaller rivers affecting roads, homes and businesses. We are taking the precautionary measure of issuing a flood alert. Our staff are monitoring the situation and our field teams are working with partners to ensure that defences are clear of obstructions. Given the speed at which levels in the faster responding rivers may rise, we may not have time to issue all flood warnings before the onset of any flooding. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk


Flood Alert issued on 21 Oct 2017 23:44
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
The flood alert for the Upper Calder will remain in force overnight. Although river levels are now falling, further rain is expected through the night, some of it heavy in places. Our latest forecasts show that although rivers will rise again tomorrow morning, they are not expected to reach the levels of Saturday 21 October.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Oct 2017 17:51
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued in response to rising river levels on the River Calder due to the heavy rain earlier. Rain will continue into this evening before becoming showery later on, for a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office website. The current forecast is not indicating that rivers will reach flood warning levels. However we will be closely monitoring the situation. River levels can be viewed on our website.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Oct 2017 17:42
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
Rainfall will continue to spread south-eastwards, becoming heavy and persistent this evening, particularly over higher ground. River levels will rise steadily this evening in response to the rainfall, and are currently expected to peak in the early hours of Thursday morning in Todmorden area and around 5 to 6 a.m in Brighouse area. Levels are then expected to fall through Thursday. Local surface water flooding is likely where the heaviest rain falls, and strong winds overnight may cause issues with leaves and falling debris blocking drains. We are monitoring the situation closely and have staff ready to patrol the area this evening and overnight. Please stay safe and do not put yourself at risk by walking or driving through flood water.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Jul 2017 15:41
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued in response to the potential risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms that could affect areas across West Yorkshire. It is very difficult to predict the precise location of the thunderstorms, but where they occur, we could see flooding from surface water and smaller faster responding rivers impacting roads, homes and businesses. In anticipation of these thunderstorms our staff are monitoring the situation and our field teams are working with partners to ensure that defences are clear of obstructions. Given the speed at which levels in the faster responding rivers may rise, we may not have time to issue all flood warnings before the onset of any flooding. As such, please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Jul 2017 18:39
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
There is still the potential for localised and very heavy thunderstorms to affect widely scattered localities across South and West Yorkshire through this evening into the early hours of Friday 7th July. It is not possible to predict the precise location of these thunderstorms, but our staff are continuing to monitor the situation from the incident room and our field teams are in the area checking trash screens. This message will be updated if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Jul 2017 10:05
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
During today and into the early hours of Friday 7th July there is the potential for localised and very heavy thunderstorms to affect widely scattered localities across South and West Yorkshire. It is not possible to predict the precise location of these thunderstorms, but where they occur there’s a risk of localised flooding of roads, homes and businesses. The uncertainty over where it will fall means that we are taking the precautionary measures and our staff continue to monitor the situation from the incident room and our field teams are working with partners to ensure that defences are clear of obstructions.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Jul 2017 14:07
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
On Thursday 6 of July and into the early hours of Friday 7th July there is the potential for localised and very heavy thunderstorms to affect widely scattered localities across South and West Yorkshire. It is not possible to predict the precise location of these thunderstorms, but where they occur there’s a risk of localised flooding of roads, homes and businesses. The potential for very heavy rain and the uncertainty over where it will fall means that we are taking the precautionary measure of issuing a flood alert. In anticipation of these thunderstorms our staff are monitoring the situation and our field teams are working with partners to ensure that defences are clear of obstructions


Flood Alert issued on 21 Jun 2017 20:24
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
There have been no issues caused by thunderstorms so far, however the flood alert will remain in force due to a small possibility of thunderstorms developing later this evening. We will update the alert on Thursday morning. If these thunderstorms do develop they could lead to localised surface water flooding and flooding from smaller faster responding rivers in the Pennines and urban areas. Further showers may still develop during Thursday. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk. We are monitoring the situation and potential river response and making sure trash screens are cleared. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. Keep an eye on local weather forecasts.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Jun 2017 13:14
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
From today (Wednesday 21st June) into Thursday there is the potential for intense thunderstorms and torrential showers. Currently the worst of the rainfall is forecast from now to 4:00am Thursday before moving away. Further showers may develop during Thursday. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk. These heavy showers could lead to localised surface water flooding and flooding from smaller faster responding rivers in the Pennines and urban areas. We are monitoring the situation and potential river response and making sure trash screens are cleared. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. Keep an eye on local weather forecasts.


Flood Alert issued on 27 May 2017 17:26
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued in response to today’s heavy thunderstorms across South and West Yorkshire. We still expect to see further outbreaks over the course of the evening but due to the nature of these storms, there remains low confidence in the location and details of the heaviest rainfall. Where rain does fall, we could expect to see further localised surface water flooding and flooding from smaller faster responding rivers in the Pennines and urban areas. We expect the thunderstorms to clear overnight. There is potential however for further heavy, thundery rain on Sunday afternoon and we are monitoring the situation. Given the speed at which levels in the faster responding rivers may rise, we may not have time to issue all flood warnings before the onset of any flooding. As such, please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk.


Flood Alert issued on 27 May 2017 10:52
River Calder, Walsden Water, Hebden Water
This flood alert has been issued in response to the forecast for thunderstorms and potentially heavy downpours across South and West Yorkshire between midday and 11pm today Saturday 27th May. 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 the Pennines and urban areas. Given the speed at which levels in the faster responding rivers may rise, we may not have time to issue all flood warnings before the onset of any flooding. As such, please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk.