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Risks affecting the Leeds area

There are a number of key risks affecting the Leeds area, as listed on the West Yorkshire Community Risk Register published by the West Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum.  The risks are filtered from the National Risk Register, drawn up by Central Government, to show risks specific to West Yorkshire.  

A copy of the West Yorkshire Public Community Risk Register 2013, together with a cover page explaining some of the terms used, and a 'Heat-Map' comparing all the risks, can be found in the Documents section.

These risks are prioritised and plans have been put in place to deal with them, by both Leeds City Council, and our key partners in the emergency services. The list includes


The Leeds district is at risk from a complex set of multiple sources including

  • Large main rivers - The rivers Aire, Wharfe and Calder;
  • Smaller rivers - Wyke, Wortley, Farnley Wood, Meanwood, Cock, Oulton and Collingham becks; 
  • Surface water run-off from fields and open spaces;
  • Flooding from reservoirs and lakes with embankments;
  • plus ordinary watercourses, public and private sewers, and highways gullies and culverts.


West Yorkshire Fire Authority has responsibility for maintaining a fire and rescue service for West Yorkshire. The authority is made up of 22 councillors appointed each year from all five West Yorkshire Local Authorities, including Leeds.

The West Yorkshire Fire Service provides fire-fighting and emergency rescue services, as well as preventative enforcement for fire safety, and community education activities. Details of your local Fire Station, community activities and rescue services can be found on the West Yorkshire Fire Service website.

Hazardous Chemicals and COMAH sites

Leeds has just one top tier COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) Site - the Unilever Aerosol filling facility at Coal Road in Seacroft. Unilever operates a Public Information Zone for residents and businesses close to the site, and participates in Multi Agency exercises to practice its emergency response procedures.

See the link to the Unilever website for more information.

Other risks include

  • Infectious diseases
  • Severe weather
  • Utility failure
  • Transport network failure
  • Reservoir/dam failure
  • Terrorism

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