Wakefield Council teams work around the clock to protect the district

21/01/2021, PR-9799

​Recovery work is underway across the district following the heavy rain brought by Storm Christophe to the entire region over the last few days.

A number of roads in West Yorkshire have been closed due to flooding. There are currently six roads affected in the district and residents are advised to check for any disruption before they set off, at www.wakefield.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/winter-weather/flooding

As part of the recovery work, water is being pumped from flooded roads where possible, and the flood debris removed. Roads will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. People are urged not to move or ignore the road closure signs as hidden dangers may still be on the roads.

Although the rain has now cleared, river levels remain high and teams are still on full alert and ready to tackle any new issues. Strong winds are also predicted for this afternoon.

Since Monday, teams have been preparing for possible flooding across the district, with a particular focus on known flooding hot spots, where gullies have been inspected and cleared and over 3,400 sandbags have been delivered. Council teams have also been on the ground in these areas to provide reassurance and support as well as taking any necessary action.

Cllr Matthew Morley
Cllr Matthew Morley

​Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: "We know how upsetting property flooding can be for those affected and have done everything we can to get ourselves and residents as prepared as possible for the heavy rain to help reduce this risk.

"Teams worked around the clock to try and limit the impact of the high river and watercourse levels and as a result, we've had no reports of property flooding in the district, despite the extremely heavy rainfall. We are now dealing with the surface water on some of our roads and working as fast as we can to reopen them safely.

"We are also now focussing on the falling temperatures and will be gritting and on standby to respond to any problems caused by the cold weather predicted over the next few days."

For more information on how to protect your property from flooding and to check for any disruption, including closed roads, please visit https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/winter-weather/flooding

For live flood warning updates, visit https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings

Winter weather information including a link to the priority gritting routes can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/winter