Severe weather warning across Yorkshire


A severe weather warning was in place today across Yorkshire after the rain-lashed county was hit by flooding last night.

The Met Office said slow-moving bands of heavy rain were likely to continue in the Broad Acres for much of the day.

It also warned: “The public should be aware of the risk of minor disruption to travel due to localised surface water flooding.”

Driving conditions were reported to be hazardous on the M62 between Lofthouse and Ainley Top as this morning’s rush hour got under way.

Surface water was also creating headaches for motorists on the A65 Abbey Road in Kirkstall, near its junction with Vesper Walk.

Weather related traffic problems were delaying bus services in the Heckmondwike area, with the 209, 220, 221, 255 and 268 among those affected

Environment Agency flood alerts were in force this morning for the catchments of Wyke Beck, Meanwood Beck and Wortley Beck in Leeds, the River Spen and Batley Beck in Kirklees, Ings Beck in Wakefield and Wash Dike in Pontefract.

Dane Royd Junior and Infant School and Streethouse Junior, Infant and Nursery School, both in the Wakefield area, were closed due to flooding today.

A dramatic thunderstorm over Bradford left parts of the city centre under ankle-deep water last night.

Bradford City’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round tie with Barnsley was abandoned five minutes before kick-off after the deluge rendered the pitch unplayable.

People took to social media to post pictures of cars gingerly negotiating flood water in Hall Ings, past Bradford’s City Hall.

West Yorkshire Police used Twitter to warn of isolated flooding in various parts of West Yorkshire, including Pudsey and the Horton Park area of Bradford.

Northern Rail said the weather conditions led to delayed trains in the Leeds area, with services affected by flooding and a lightning strike.

Lightning also sparked a house fire in the village of South Witham in Lincolnshire.