Leeds & West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire flood alerts issued

Flooding in the Calder Valley
Image caption Hebden Bridge in the Calder Valley was hit by severe flooding in June

Parts of West Yorkshire have been put on flood alert by the Environment Agency after predictions of heavy rain.

The warnings were issued after the Met Office said thunderstorms could lead to 25mm (1in) of rain an hour in some areas.

The alerts are for the River Calder, River Aire, River Worth and Earby Beck and Glusburn Beck catchments.

In June, towns in the Calder Valley flooded after a month's worth of rain fell in one day.

The Met Office said: "There is scope for 25mm (1in) of rain an hour to fall locally with some areas at risk of 50mm-75mm (2-3in) of rain throughout the period."

The Prince of Wales visited Hebden Bridge after heavy rainfall on 22 June left more than 500 homes and businesses in the Calder Valley under up to 5ft (1.5m) of floodwater.

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