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Flood Alert: Earby Beck and Glusburn Beck Catchments

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Alert in force: Earby Beck and Glusburn Beck Catchments.

Flooding is possible for: Earby Beck and New Cut from Kelbrook to Broughton and Glusburn Beck in Cross Hills and Sutton-in-Craven.

Be prepared.

This flood alert has been issued in response to the forecast for heavy showers and thunderstorms that could affect areas throughout South and West Yorkshire from around 5pm this evening (Thursday 26 July).

It is not possible to predict the precise location of these thunderstorms, but where they occur there’s a risk of localised surface water flooding and flooding from smaller rivers affecting roads, homes and businesses. This means that we are taking the precautionary measure of issuing flood alerts for faster responding rivers and surrounding communities.

Our staff are monitoring the situation and our field teams are working with partners to ensure that defences are clear of obstructions.

Given the speed at which levels in the faster responding rivers may rise, we may not have time to issue all flood warnings before the onset of any flooding.  Please stay aware of your surroundings and do not put yourself at risk. Be prepared to act on your flood plan.

To check the latest information for your area

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* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/123WAF980

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 137002.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

What you should consider doing now

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* Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.

* Get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.

* In rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you've been in contact with it.