20 Oct

Check whether people could hear the sirens in Calderdale - 20th October 2017


People of Calderdale Upper Valley are being asked whether they could hear the flood warning sirens which were tested today (Friday 20 October).

Eight sirens used to warn people that rivers are expected to flood were sounded by the Environment Agency at 10.45am to test their audibility. These were in Walsden, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

Now the flood resilience teams working in Calderdale are asking residents and businesses to complete a short survey to check that the sirens were effective. It is available online at


Fiona Holman, Environment Agency flood resilience officer, said: “It is important that we test the sirens to check that they are working properly and can be triggered remotely from our incident room in Leeds.

“Our aim is to make sure communities are as prepared as possible for any risk of flooding this winter and this survey will help us to do that.

“Although the flood sirens are important when alerting residents that a flood is expected they are secondary methods of warning. It is really important that all residents and businesses are signed up to the Environment Agency flood warning service which gives advanced notification of flooding via phone, text and email.

”We are also encouraging local residents and businesses to put together a flood plan to keep themselves and their families safe and check the latest weather forecast and flood warning information on our website.”

To register for the Environment Agency’s flood warning service visit https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings or contact Floodline on tel: 0345 988 1188. If you are already registered, do check that your details are correct.

For the latest information on current flood warnings and the local weather forecast, Calderdale residents can visit the ‘Eye on Calderdale’ website – www.eyeoncalderdale.com or following @EnvAgencyYNE and #floodaware on Twitter

To find out more about the dangers of flood water, to find out if your property is at risk of flooding and how to put together a flood plan for your home or business, call  Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or visit www.gov.uk/flood

There are four sirens in Todmorden which are sited at the fire station, the high school, Morrisons and Warmans. There is also one at Walsden, two in Hebden Bridge, one in Mytholmroyd and a community siren in Sowerby Bridge.

During the afternoon of the flood siren test a major training exercise Operation Calderdale 17 was carried out in the area to test the emergency response of the Council, emergency services and partner organisations to a major flooding incident, including a live search and rescue operation.

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