Storm Jonas: Be prepared

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The Met Office has issued a Yellow Alert of Rain (very low likelihood, medium impacts), which is valid from 06:00 on Tuesday to 15:00 on Wednesday. Visit Eye On Calderdale (link is external)(external link) for the latest information and flood alerts.

Rain will become heavy and persistent at times during Tuesday and into Wednesday. The rain will also be accompanied by south or southwesterly gales and possibly severe gales at times, especially along Irish Sea coasts and over high ground. It looks as if the heaviest rain and strongest winds will occur in two main bouts – one late morning and afternoon on Tuesday and another Tuesday night into Wednesday, before clearing to the southeast on Wednesday afternoon. 


Please be aware of the risk of flooding and thus the potential for disruption to travel through this period.  Commuters will need to be prepared to change their travel plans depending on the weather.

Our preparations

Calderdale Council continues to monitor the situation closely, and has set up a Special Operations Room with partners including the military, EA and emergency services to monitor the weather situation and to coordinate our response should one be required. On Boxing Day the Council had large numbers of staff and contractors out dealing with the flooding and the clean up as well as supporting the Community hubs and our services including Highways and Safer Cleaner Greener will again be on standby to react as appropriate for this latest warning. We are also working closely with our partners at the Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency, Canal & River Trust, Yorkshire Water (external link)and Northern PowerGrid. 

Community hubs are open at:

Todmorden Community College

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Mytholmroyd Library

Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre

Woodman Works on South Lane, Elland

How can you prepare?

There are lots of things that you can do to be prepared, see our flooding page for information and advice. You can also see our FAQs from the Boxing Day floods.


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