Free flood warning service for Silsden residents

The Environment Agency is urging over 300 properties to sign up to receive free flood warnings following an update to the flood warning system in West Yorkshire.

The system uses new data to provide more accurate alerts to help communities be better prepared for flooding.

Due to these changes, the Environment Agency is encouraging Silsden residents to check if they are at risk of flooding and to sign up to receive these warning messages early so they can be aware when flooding is possible.

Members of the Environment Agency’s flood resilience team are to give Silsden residents an opportunity to have their say on the new flooding warning area, register for the free service and learn how to be prepared for flooding.

Flood warnings give people valuable time to prepare for flooding - time that allows them to move themselves, their families and precious items to safety.

Flood warnings save lives and enable the emergency services to prepare and help communities.

In England, 5.2 million homes and businesses are at risk of flooding.

Heather Cottrill, from the Environment Agency’s Flood Resilience Team, said: “Silsden Beck can rise and flow very quickly after heavy rain, but this new warning aims to alert the community in a timely manner, giving them more time to prepare, and to be aware of flooding so that they do not put themselves at danger.”

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