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

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Flood Alert issued on 10 Mar 2020 00:35
River Spen, Batley Beck, Chickenley Beck
River levels responded to the rainfall last night, 09/03/20. Further rainfall is forecast this morning, 10/03/20, which will keep river levels elevated through throughout today. We do not currently expect to issue any warnings in response to this rainfall. This flood alert remains in force as there may be flooding of low-lying land and roads. Please see the Met Office for a detailed weather forecast for your area and keep an eye on our Flood Information Service at https://bit.ly/38zZDn5 for the latest river levels and forecasts. We do not currently expect to issue warnings but are closely monitoring the situation and our incident room is open 24/7. This message will be updated by 08:35 on 10/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Mar 2020 16:41
River Spen, Batley Beck, Chickenley Beck
Heavy frontal rain is forecast from Monday afternoon, 09/03/2020, overnight and into Tuesday. River levels are expected to start responding from this evening and into the early hours of tomorrow. This flood alert is being issued as a precaution, to raise awareness of the potential flood risk, despite the low confidence that flood impacts will occur. Please see the Met Office for a detailed weather forecast for your area and keep an eye on our Flood Information Service at https://bit.ly/38zZDn5 for the latest river levels and forecasts. We do not currently expect to issue warnings but are closely monitoring the situation and our incident room is open 24/7. This message will be updated by 0:35 on 10/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 25 Feb 2020 03:42
River Spen, Batley Beck, Chickenley Beck
River levels continue to fall, but will remain elevated throughout Tuesday (25/2/20). We do not expect any further significant rainfall over the next couple of days, but will continue to monitor the situation from our incident room. Avoid driving on low-lying roads and keep clear of footpaths which are close to watercourses. See GOV.UK for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated by 11:40 on the 25/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Feb 2020 19:17
River Spen, Batley Beck, Chickenley Beck
This Flood Alert remains in force as river levels are high following today’s rainfall, Monday 24/02/2020. There is now no significant rainfall forecast, but river levels across the catchment will remain high until tomorrow morning. We are continuing to monitor the situation from our Leeds incident room. Flooding of low-lying land and roads is possible as a result so please avoid driving on low-lying roads and keep clear of any footpaths which are close to watercourses. See GOV.UK for a 5 day flood forecast. For an up-to-date weather forecast, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk. This message will be updated by 03:15 on the 25/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Feb 2020 10:58
River Spen, Batley Beck, Chickenley Beck
River levels have risen this morning, Monday 24/02/2020, in response to the recent rainfall and melting snow. Levels are expected to remain high until early afternoon before they will begin to fall. Rain is forecast for Monday until around lunch time and then will ease away. We continue to monitor the situation from our incident room. Please avoid driving on low-lying roads and keep clear of footpaths which are close to watercourses. Please see GOV.UK for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated by 18:30 on the 24/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 20:32
River Spen, Batley Beck, Chickenley Beck
Intermittent rainfall is expected to continue throughout this evening, overnight and into tomorrow, Sunday 16th February, across the River Spen and Batley Beck catchments. River levels will response to this rainfall, but currently we do not currently expect to issue flood warnings. We continue to closely monitor the situation from our Leeds incident room. If you observe flooding, please avoid using low lying footpaths and roads. Please see GOV.UK for a 5 day flood forecast and for weather forecasts please see the Met Office. This message will be updated at 04:30 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 12:21
River Spen, Batley Beck, Chickenley Beck
Following recent rainfall which has left ground saturated, river levels are forecast to rise as a result of Storm Dennis. Rainfall is expected to intensify from midday today, 15 February 2020. Based on the current forecast, river levels are likely to react this afternoon and rise rapidly overnight due to the flashy nature of the catchment and peak around Sunday midday, 16 February. Flooding of properties, roads and farmland is possible this evening, into Sunday and beyond. We have staff on site and are closely monitoring the situation from our incident room. Please avoid using low lying footpaths and roads near watercourses. Please also plan driving routes to avoid low lying land that may be flooded. Please see GOV.UK for a 5 day flood forecast and for weather forecasts please see the Met Office. This message will be updated at 20:00 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 17:31
River Spen, Batley Beck, Chickenley Beck
River levels are high as a result of the persistent heavy rainfall associated with Storm Ciara and will remain high through Sunday 09/02/2020 evening. Although the heavy rainfall has eased, high winds and further showers are forecast this evening and into Monday, 10/02/2020. We urge residents to remain vigilant and avoid walking and driving through low-lying land or near local watercourses. Our incident room is open and we are monitoring the situation closely. We will update this message by 01:30 on 10/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 05:13
River Spen, Batley Beck, Chickenley Beck
River levels have risen and will continue to rise until around Sunday afternoon (09/02/2020) as a result of persistent heavy rainfall associated with Storm Ciara. Widespread rain and high winds is expected to continue through to midday Sunday. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We urge residents to prepare, remain vigilant and avoid walking and driving through low-lying land or near local watercourses. Our incident room is open and we are monitoring the situation closely. We will update this message by 13:15 9/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Feb 2020 20:30
River Spen, Batley Beck, Chickenley Beck
We are issuing this flood alert for the River Spen and Batley Beck due to forecast heavy rainfall associated with Storm Ciara. Widespread rain and high winds are forecast from Saturday evening (08/02/2020) through to Sunday lunchtime. We expect river levels to start rising around 10pm on Saturday and to peak around midday on Sunday (09/02/2020). We urge residents to prepare, remain vigilant and avoid walking and driving through low-lying land or near local watercourses. Our incident room is open and we are monitoring the situation closely. We will update this message by 0430 09/02/20 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Nov 2019 04:22
River Spen, Batley Beck
River levels remain high after yesterday’s heavy rainfall. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident room is open. 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 7 Nov 2019 16:27
River Spen, Batley Beck
River levels have risen as a result of the persistent rainfall this morning. Consequently, flooding of roads and low-lying land is still possible today until the morning of Friday 08/11/19. Areas most at risk are low-lying land and road. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. Consequently the risk of flooding continues. We expect river levels to remain high until 09:00 on 08/11/19. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident room is open. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. See the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Nov 2019 08:41
River Spen, Batley Beck
River levels have risen as a result of the heavy rainfall this morning. Consequently, flooding of roads and low-lying land is possible between 08:30 today, 07/11/19 and 09:00 tomorrow, 08/11/19. Areas most at risk are low-lying areas. Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high until 09:00 on 08/11/19. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident room is open. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 16:30 on 07/11/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Oct 2019 10:43
River Spen, Batley Beck
River levels remain high throughout the catchment following heavy rainfall. Although levels have dropped this morning, further rainfall is expected later this morning, 26/10/19, which may cause the rivers to respond to levels similar to those seen yesterday evening (25/10/19). River levels are predicted to peak and begin falling early this afternoon, therefore the risk of flooding to low lying roads and farmland is still possible into this evening, 26/10/19. We are continuing to actively monitor the situation closely in the incident room. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. See the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated by 18:45, 26/10/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Oct 2019 03:34
River Spen, Batley Beck
This Flood Alert is being issued as a precautionary measure due to the isolated persistent heavy rainfall across the area. This is expected to continue into Saturday morning (26th October). However, there is uncertainty over the amount of rainfall expected. River and surface water flooding may affect these areas. We urge you to remain vigilant and avoid walking and driving through flood water. We are continuing to actively monitor the situation closely and will issue updates, and further flood alerts and warnings if necessary. You can monitor your local weather conditions and river levels on the GOV.UK website.


Flood Alert issued on 25 Oct 2019 20:23
River Spen, Batley Beck
This Flood Alert is being issued as a precautionary measure due to the isolated persistent heavy rainfall across the area. This is expected to continue throughout this evening (Friday 25th October) and into Saturday morning (26th October). However, there is uncertainty over the amount of rainfall expected. River and surface water flooding may affect these areas. We urge you to remain vigilant and avoid walking and driving through flood water. We are continuing to actively monitor the situation closely and will issue updates, and further flood alerts and warnings if necessary. You can monitor your local weather conditions and river levels on the GOV.UK website.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Oct 2019 04:52
River Spen, Batley Beck
The expected heavy rain has not materialised during the night and we have only seen minor river response. The rain is expected to continue moving eastwards clearing by Sunday morning but there maybe a few scattered showers around during the rest of the day. We will continue to monitor the situation. Please visit GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. We will update this message in 8 hours or if the situation changes


Flood Alert issued on 5 Oct 2019 20:28
River Spen, Batley Beck
This flood alert has been issued based on the forecast for rain this evening, Saturday 5th October, through to the early hours of Sunday 6th October. The front is expected to move in from the West. With the catchments already wet from this week’s earlier rain, we expect to see the rivers start to respond in the early hours of Sunday morning. There is the potential for some locally heavy showers within the front. There is uncertainty around the exact location of these potential local heavy showers. Consequently, flooding of low-lying land and surface water flooding is possible in the early hours of tomorrow, 06/10/19. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. We will continue to monitor the situation from the Leeds Incident Room. Please visit the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated in 8 hours or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 09:34
River Spen, Batley Beck
River levels are falling following last night's heavy rainfall. Levels will remain responsive to any further rain today. We expect levels to fall further tonight, but more rain on Monday evening may cause river levels to rise again. Our Leeds incident room is open and we are monitoring the situation. Plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may become flooded. We will update this message later today or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 02:03
River Spen, Batley Beck
River levels are starting to rise on the River Spen and Batley Beck catchments as a result of the heavy rainfall forecast overnight. The heaviest rainfall will begin around midnight and will continue through the night into tomorrow morning. We expect to start seeing a response from the rivers in the early hours and levels will remain high till tomorrow afternoon (Sunday 29th September). Areas most at risk are low lying land and roads. Our Leeds incident room is open and we are monitoring the situation. Plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may become flooded. We will update this message in 8 hours or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Sep 2019 18:03
River Spen, Batley Beck
River levels are forecast to rise on the River Spen and Batley Beck catchments as a result of the heavy rainfall forecast overnight. The heaviest rainfall will begin around midnight and will continue through the night into tomorrow morning. We expect to start seeing a response from the rivers in the early hours and levels will remain high till tomorrow afternoon (Sunday 29th September). Areas most at risk are low lying land and roads. Our Leeds incident room is open and we are monitoring the situation. Plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may become flooded. We will update this message in 8 hours or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Jul 2019 05:58
River Spen, Batley Beck
The Beck levels have not significantly risen as a result of the rain that has fallen through Saturday 27/07/2019 and into the morning of Sunday 28/07/2019. The current forecast is not suggesting any further increase, so it is expected that this Flood Alert will be removed during the morning of Sunday 28/07/2019. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours with the possibility of localised heavy rain and there may be a requirement to re-issue the Flood Alert during Sunday 28/07/2019 afternoon. We continue to monitor the situation. This message will be updated Sunday morning, 28/07/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Jul 2019 20:24
River Spen, Batley Beck
River levels continue to react as a result of heavy, persistent rainfall. Due to the uncertainty in the forecast, we have issued flood alerts for our fast responding catchments. There may be a risk of flooding, but there is low confidence in timings and locations given the unpredictable nature of the thunderstorms. Areas most at risk are low lying land and roads. Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours. We continue to monitor 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 using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 28/07/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Jul 2019 13:58
River Spen, Batley Beck
River levels are forecast to rise as a result of heavy, persistent rainfall. Due to the uncertainty in the forecast we are issuing the alerts for our fast responding catchments. Consequently, flooding could occur from 14:00 on 27/07/19 through to Sunday 28/07/19, but there is low confidence in timings and locations given the unpredictable nature of the thunderstorms. Areas most at risk are low lying land and roads. Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours. 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 using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this evening, 27/07/19, or as the situation changes.


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.