Flooding can have a devastating effect on peoples’ lives, homes and businesses and protecting cities such as Leeds is absolutely vital.
Flood risk is increasing in the UK. Prior to December 2015, Leeds has come close to flooding a number of times, with the most notable flooding occurring in 2000 when 100 properties flooded. On 26 December, 2015 Leeds experienced significant and widespread flooding with some of the highest river levels ever recorded. The flooding affected more than 2,000 residential properties (including indirect impacts to high-rise accommodation) and nearly 600 commercial properties. The flooding was centred on the commercial/industrial area along the A65 Kirkstall Road and the commercial area to the south of Leeds Railway station.
The Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) is led by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency. The scheme is split into two phases:
Phase 1 began in January 2015 and is due to be completed in summer 2017. When complete, it will provide an increased level of protection from flooding from the River Aire and Hol Beck for residents and businesses in the city centre. The scheme also includes defences at Woodlesford.
Further details can be found on the Phase 1 page.
Following the flooding in December 2015, the Government committed £35 million up to 2021 to further enhance flood protection in Leeds.
The Environment Agency carried out a scoping study in 2016 which set out potential options to reduce flood risk to the city centre and Kirkstall Road as part of Phase 2 of the scheme.
Work on Phase 2 is now progressing. Leeds City Council has awarded a contract for a feasibility study which will look at the viability of the options looked at in the scoping study.
Further details can be found on the Phase 2 page.
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A public flood information centre is now open in Kirkstall providing advice and assistance to homeowners and businesses at risk of flooding. Come in and see us at The Team Kirkstall Regeneration Hub at 352-354 Kirkstall Road.
We are using the hub as a focal point for residents and businesses in Kirkstall, giving people easy access to information on the flood alleviation scheme, flood resilience advice and to provide an opportunity for people to share local knowledge and aspirations for the area to help shape the future scheme.
The hub is open seven days a week: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, with late night on a Thursday until 8pm and Sat/Sun 10am-4pm.
Staff from the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme project team will be at the hub on Mondays from 12-5pm and Wednesdays 9am-2pm.
Staff from the flood resilience team at the Environment Agency will be at the hub on Thursdays from 10am-1pm.
Email us at LFAS@leeds.gov.uk