Flood Alert Info - Ings Beck and Oakenshaw Beck

Area Description

Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Ings Beck and Oakenshaw Beck in Wakefield.
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 25 Feb 2020 01:13
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
River levels have peaked and are now falling below the level of concern. We expect to remove this alert on Tuesday, 25/02/2020, within working hours. No further significant rainfall is forecast but we will 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 09:15 on the 25/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Feb 2020 16:40
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
River levels rose this morning, Monday 24/02/2020, in response to the recent rainfall. Levels are expected to remain high until this evening before they will begin to fall. 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 00:35 on the 25/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Feb 2020 08:49
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
River levels have risen this morning, Monday 24/02/2020, in response to the recent rainfall. Levels are expected to remain high until early afternoon before they will begin to fall. Persistent rainfall 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 16:35 on the 24/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 11:03
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
Levels in Ings Beck are steadily rising as a result of the recent heavy rainfall. We do not, however, expect these to rise as high as the levels reached last weekend. The pumps in Agbrigg are operating. We are monitoring the situation from our incident room. Please avoid using low-lying footpaths and roads near watercourses. See GOV.UK for a 5 day flood forecast. For weather forecasts, see the Met Office. This message will be updated at 7pm or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 20:49
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
Intermittent rainfall is expected to continue throughout this evening, overnight and into tomorrow, Sunday 16th February, across the Ings Beck and Oakenshaw 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 04:45 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 12:27
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw 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 Sunday morning, 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 20:25 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 17:24
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
Beck levels are high as a result of the persistent heavy rainfall associated with Storm Ciara. Levels have already peaked and are now falling but will remain high through Sunday (09/02/2020) afternoon and into the early 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 01:20 on 10/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 05:15
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw 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 20:35
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
We are issuing this flood alert for Ings Beck and Oakenshaw 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. Beck levels are forecast to start responding around midnight on Saturday and are expected to peak in the afternoon 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 04:37
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw 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 19:13
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw 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 overnight and into tomorrow, Friday, 08/11/19. Areas most at risk are low-lying land and roads. There currently remains Flood Warnings in force in this area. 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 10:49
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
River levels are rising steadily in response to persistent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and low-lying land is possible from this morning (7th November) until approximately 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. There is the potential for flood warnings to be issued. The highest river levels are likely to be seen this evening and overnight. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 18:50 on 07/11/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Oct 2019 10:41
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
River levels remain high throughout the catchment following heavy rainfall. Although levels have dropped this morning, further rainfall is expected later this morning, 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 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 02:44
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
As a result of heavy and persistent showers, there has been a rapid rise in river levels around the Wakefield area, specifically impacting Ings Beck, with river levels remaining high. Consequently, river and surface water flooding may affect these areas. 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. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 25 Oct 2019 18:15
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
As a result of heavy showers, there has been a rapid rise in river levels around the Wakefield area, specifically impacting Ings Beck. Consequently, river and surface water flooding may affect these areas. 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. This message will be update as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Oct 2019 04:52
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw 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
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw 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 Jul 2019 04:03
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
River levels in the catchment peaked late Sunday night and are falling through the morning of Monday 29 July 2019. There is currently no significant rainfall forecast. The flood risk has reduced and the Alert will be removed in daylight hours. We are closely monitoring the situation and our Leeds Incidents Room remains open. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Jul 2019 19:18
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
River levels have risen as a result of the heavy rainfall this evening. Consequently, flooding of roads and low lying land is possible this evening 28/07/19. We do not currently expect to issue any flood warnings. Further heavy rainfall is forecast this evening and we expect river levels to rise over the next 3 to 4 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation and our Leeds incident room is open. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near watercourses. This message will be updated this evening, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Jul 2019 05:38
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
The Beck levels have now peaked and are starting to fall. The current forecast is not suggesting any further increase in levels, and it is expected that this Flood Alert will be removed during the morning of Sunday 28 July 2019. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours, with the possibility of localised heavy rain which may result in the Flood Alert being re-issued during Sunday afternoon, 28 July 2019. We are continuing to monitor the situation. This message will be updated on Sunday morning, 28 July 2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Jul 2019 20:25
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw 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 14:04
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw 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 13 Aug 2018 13:49
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
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 2 Apr 2018 13:03
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
This flood alert for the Ings Beck Catchment has been issued following persistent rainfall today, 2nd April 2018. Rriver levels are continuing to rise and are expected to peak this afternoon before the main band of rain passes through the Yorkshire area. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. This message will be updated by 20:00 or as the situation changes. For a more detailed weather forecast for your area please see the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk and river levels can be viewed on our website.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Aug 2017 10:37
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
This flood alert has been issued in response to rising river levels in the Ings beck catchment following this morning’s heavy rain. Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. For a more detailed weather forecast please see the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk and river levels can be viewed on our website. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Jul 2017 18:33
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw 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 update if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Jul 2017 10:02
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw 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 5 Jul 2017 14:54
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
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 20:26
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw 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 13:20
Ings Beck, Alverthorpe Beck, Balne Beck, Oakenshaw Beck
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.