Are you signed up for flood warnings?
As you may be aware, the Environment Agency provides a free flood warning service to properties at risk from Eastburn Beck. Over 260 properties in Glusburn and Cross Hills area are already signed up – but we would like everyone eligible to do so.
By registering you will receive an advanced warning of potential flooding in your area so you can take steps to protect yourself and your property. You can receive the warning as a phone call to your house; place of work or mobile, or as a text message or e-mail.
Please note that this service warns of flooding from rivers such as the Aire, and Eastburn Beck, but not of flooding from other sources such as sewers or local drainage.
With the Environment Agency, North Yorkshire County Council and Craven District Council, we are exploring ways to reduce the risk of flooding happening, but we can’t eliminate this risk altogether. Therefore you should still consider ways to be prepared yourselves. You can prepare for flooding by making a flood plan. The plan will help find ways to reduce the impact of flooding to your home or business. The flood plan typically contains a:
- checklist of things to do before, during and after a flood
- utilities section to include the contact details for your utility companies
- section for useful contacts, such as family and friends
For more information about flooding, and how to make a flood plan, and to register for flood warnings, call our Floodline service on 0345 988 1188 or visit www.gov.uk/flood
The EA is currently carrying out a programme of tree works and maintenance in the Upper Aire Catchment. This work aims to reduce in-channel obstructions and blockages that would otherwise present a flood risk to properties, businesses and farmland. The work is due to start on Eastburn (Glusburn) Beck, from Glusburn Bridge to where it joins the River Aire, in early March.
If you do see any blockages or other problems on the local becks which could increase the immediate risk of flooding to properties (e.g. during or before forecast heavy rainfall), please report these to our Incident Hotline, 0800 80 70 60.