Storm Dennis – Support and Information
The Met Office have issued an amber warning for rain and a yellow warning for wind covering our area. The storm could bring a month's rain in 24 hours and for a second weekend we could see flooding and disruption to travel. Officials are again advising against all unessential travel.
We will have the latest updates on our Facebook page, which can be viewed without having a Facebook account.
Due to flooding at Kirkstall, train services are disrupted. Tweet from Northern:
Due to heavy rain flooding the railway between Kirkstall Forge and Leeds all lines are blocked. Disruption is expected until 12:00 16/02.
Bradford Council have closed Denton Road between the iron bridge in Ben Rhydding and Middleton Avenue due to the risk of flooding
We have started a new Facebook post with Sunday's travel and information: www.facebook.com/ilkleychat/posts/2835411229880473
A Flood Alert remains in place with river levels in Ilkley expected to peak at midday.
The Met Office has this evening issued a Flood Alert for Lower River Wharfe including Ilkley.
Flooding is possible - be prepared
This flood alert has been issued as river levels are forecast to rise overnight as a result of Storm Dennis. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is expected to start overnight on Saturday 15/02/2020. In Ilkley we are expecting levels to peak around midday on Sunday 16/02/2020.
PC 82 Rahman, Police Constable with @WYP_Keighley tweets an update and confirms extra patrols will be happening tonight.
'Patrols around the #Ilkley area tonight as the @BritishArmy @WestYorksPolice and @WYFRS work together putting up flood defences to keep everyone safe whilst there is a flood warning in place. Take care out there folks! #TeamWork #StormDennis'
Due to the amber weather warning and major road disruptions, Ilkley Pool will be closed from 13.30pm Saturday and all day Sunday.
Ilkley and Keighley MP Robbie Moore is in Ilkley along with the Environment Agency and local council staff giving advise to residents of homes at risk of flooding in the Denton Road area.
Flood barrier: Denton Road from Middleton Ave has been closed as flood defences are delivered. The army have been called in and will be building a 700m barrier to protect properties. The barrier is expected to be ready by 5pm, the peak river level is expected Sunday.
Sandbags are available from Golden Butts are for vulnerable residents, emergency services etc only. Golden Butts is open 8-4 Saturday and 9-4 Sunday. There is a limit of 5 per household.. Bradford Council are requesting you get them from your nearest builders merchants..
The following Met Office warnings are in place for Ilkley:
Amber warning for rain: 12:00 Sat until 15:00 Sun
Yellow warning for rain: 10:00 Sat until 21:00 Sun
Yellow warning for wind: 10:00 Sat until 12:00 Sun
Bradford Council say there is a high risk of flooding of the River Wharfe in Ilkley around the Denton Rd area peaking this Sunday. The council are working with partners to prepare temp flood defences.
The Traveling Wilburys Songbook at King's Hall (Sat 15 Feb) has been rescheduled, it is necessary for Kings's Hal;l to be set up as an Emergency Rest Centre, to provide shelter for anyone who may be affected by the storm.
Below are useful support websites:
Met Office – latest weather warnings
Flood warnings - Ilkley
Sign up for Flood Warnings
River Level – River Wharfe in Ilkley
Power Cut - Report
Bradford Council Contact Numbers
If you need temporary accommodation, contact Housing Options Service on 01274 435999. If emergency accommodation is required during out-of-office hours, please ring 01274 257600.
Weather Warnings – what do they mean?
Yellow warnings are issued when it is likely the weather will cause some low level impacts, including some disruption to travel in a few places.
Amber warnings mean there is an increased likelihood of impacts from severe weather, which could potentially disrupt your plans. This means there is the possibility of travel and delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property.