Flood Alert Info - River Spen and Batley Beck catchments

Area Description

The River Spen, Blacup Beck, Lands Beck and Canker Dyke in Cleckheaton and Liversedge, and Batley Beck from Birstall to Dewsbury.
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


Flood Alert issued on 17 Mar 2019 02:53
River Spen, Batley Beck
Saturday’s rain has now cleared and river levels have started to fall throughout the catchment. There remains the chance of showers through the early hours of Sunday 17 March 2019, which could keep the river levels high. We are continuing to monitor the situation from our incident room and will update this message as the situation changes. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 17:42
River Spen, Batley Beck
We are currently experiencing widespread rainfall across the whole of the Yorkshire area, this is forecast to last through much of Saturday, 16/03/2019, before clearing away through Saturday evening/Sunday morning. The most intense areas of rainfall is expected over the high ground of the Pennines. As a result river levels have started to rise and some flooding has been reported. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring the forecast and our incident room is open. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and do not walk or drive through fast moving water. This message will be updated in 8 hours or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 08:56
River Spen, Batley Beck
We are currently experiencing widespread rainfall across the whole of the Yorkshire area, this is forecast to last through much of Saturday, 16/03/19 before clearing away through Saturday evening/Sunday morning. The most intense areas of rainfall are expected over the high ground of the Pennines. As a result river levels have started to rise. Levels on the River Spen and Batley Beck are rising and are forecast to peak late into the afternoon. Areas most at risk are low lying land and roads. We are not anticipating to issue warnings for these watercourses but we are monitoring the situation throughout the day. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring the forecast and our incident room is open. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and do not walk or drive through fast moving water. This message will be updated by 5pm hours or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Mar 2019 20:56
River Spen, Batley Beck
This flood alert has been issued in preparation of the expected river level rise as a result of prolonged rainfall and predicted localised heavy showers. Based on our Cleckheaton Thornton Street river gauge, we are expecting Spen Beck levels to begin rising around midnight and continue throughout the morning of Thursday, 14/03/2019. Consequently, flooding of low lying land and farmland is possible during the early hours. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring the forecast. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 14/03/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 19:23
River Spen, Batley Beck
This flood alert has been issued following persistent rainfall today, 2nd April 2018, and as such river levels in the River Spen and Batley Beck catchments are rising and we expect it to continue to rise through the evening. Please be aware that the catchments are saturated from this recent rainfall so low lying land, roads and fields may be affected. As such, please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. We are continuing to monitor the situation and would advise that you keep an eye on the local weather forecast and our river levels online website.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Jan 2018 04:28
River Spen, Batley Beck
This flood alert has been issued for the River Spen and Batley Beck in preparation for the rainfall that is forecast to pass over the area from 5am on Wednesday morning. As ground conditions are very wet, it is expected that the levels will rise quickly through Wednesday morning soon after the rain arrives. We are actively monitoring the situation and will update this message as the conditions change. River levels can be viewed on our website via https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk


Flood Alert issued on 23 Jan 2018 20:35
River Spen, Batley Beck
This Flood Alert has been issued for the River Spen and Batley Beck in preparation for the rainfall that is forecast to pass over the area from 4am on Wednesday morning. As ground conditions are very wet, it is expected that river levels will rise quickly through Wednesday morning soon after the rain arrives. We are actively monitoring the situation and will update this message as the conditions change. River levels can be viewed on our website via https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk


Flood Alert issued on 6 Jul 2017 18:39
River Spen, Batley Beck
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 09:59
River Spen, Batley Beck
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 21 Jun 2017 20:32
River Spen, Batley Beck
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 13:04
River Spen, Batley Beck
From today (Wednesday 21st) 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 17:04
River Spen, Batley Beck
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 14:35
River Spen, Batley Beck
This flood alert has been issued in response to the forecast for thunderstorms and potentially heavy downpours across South and West Yorkshire through the course of the day to approximately 11pm tonight. 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. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update messages as soon as we are able. However 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.