Storm Dennis to add to already flooded areas

Already soggy Silsden fields are expected to fill up again this weekend with the arrival of Storm Dennis.

An amber Met Office weather warning is in place for Silsden and surrounding towns and villages between 3pm on Saturday (15th Feb) and 3pm on Sunday (16th Feb).

Last weekend Storm Ciara brought flood alerts, with water levels in Silsden Beck and the River Aire increasing substantially and fields along the Aire Valley flooded. There was transport disruption too with roads closed and train services suspended as a result.

Now forecasters say Storm Dennis will bring more heavy rain and strong winds, though the impact is not expected to be as bad as the last one.

Paul Gundersen, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said: “Another spell of very wet and windy ​weather is expected for Saturday. Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely. Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

“With further warnings possible over the next few days people should keep up to date with the Met Office forecast using our website, app or by following us on social media.”

Bradford Council says representatives from all departments are meeting every day to co-ordinate the recovery from last weekend and to try to anticipate what further problems will be caused by Storm Dennis. A close eye is being kept on the weather and preparations are in hand with extra staff drafted in to cope with any more weather-related issues.

Council Leader, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, said: “Looking at the weather forecast for the weekend, Storm Dennis is not predicted to be as destructive to this area as the previous Storm Ciara but we are taking no chances. Lots of staff have volunteered to work at the weekend to give help where it is needed and provide reassurance for our residents. In the spirit of #PeopleCan, residents should make sure they access the correct information and do what everything possible to avoid damage to their property.”

Water levels in Silsden Beck have now fallen back down again after last weekend’s flood warning from the Environment Agency and further periods of rain during the week.

Here’s the level as at 5.15am on Friday 14th February:

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