Preparations for Storm Barbara

Calderdale Council

After the recent spell of relatively calm weather, the Met Office has predicted a change to more stormy conditions for the Christmas period, named Storm Barbara. 

In response to the latest forecasts, Calderdale Council is continuing to make preparations and monitor weather conditions.   

Two weather fronts are expected, with yellow weather warnings for wind issued in the Yorkshire and Humber area on Friday 23 December and on Christmas Day. West Yorkshire and Calderdale are currently just on the edge of these weather warnings, but any developments will be closely monitored, with the Council receiving regular updates from the Met Office. 

Rain is forecast, but as the weather systems are moving quickly, it is not predicted to last long, and no Met Office weather warnings have been issued for rain. 

Regardless of the forecast, the Council and partners are working hard to ensure that preparations are in place for any bad weather conditions that may affect the borough. 

Council teams have continued with the recent clean up works around the borough, with culvert screens cleared, gullies checked in flood prone areas and additional road sweeping taking place. 

Drainage is being checked and cleared where necessary and forestry services are undertaking work to minimise any potential impact of the wind on the borough’s trees.  

Additional staff will be on standby over the Christmas period, to respond effectively in the unlikely event that they are required. 

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, said: 

“Unfortunately, it looks like the period of quiet and dry weather conditions will be coming to an end, just in time for the festive period. 

“As with any time that adverse weather conditions are predicted, the Council is ready to swing into action if required. We’ve been busy keeping drains and gullies as clear as possible and undertaking precautionary measures in response to any forecasts we receive. 

“The good news is that the weather is forecast to improve from Boxing Day onwards, but we want to reassure residents that we will continue to monitor conditions and respond accordingly.”  

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