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Flood Warning Siren Test

From Jae Campbell

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

On Thursday 22nd April between 2pm – 3pm you will hear the Hebden Bridge Flood Warning Siren. This is a test, due to the repositioning of the siren at the Vale Centre site on Stubbing Holme Road – no action is required.

The new siren is being moved approximately 10 metres from its existing location due to the repair work on the dilapidated wall as part of the Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS).

We need to ensure the siren is working correctly once it is sited in the new location. The siren sounds like a traditional Second World War air raid siren and will be sounded continuously for two minutes.

When the siren sounds on Thursday 22nd April between 2pm and 3pm, it is a test. The siren should be treated seriously if sounded at any other time.

Please note that the testing of the siren will be weather dependant on the day. If the Environment Agency is in incident mode or feel the test is unsuitable to be performed at this time, then it will be cancelled. We will keep you updated if this is the case.

Staff from the Environment Agency and BAM Nuttall will be present in the area on Thursday, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please email us at HebdenBridgeFAS@environment-agency.gov.uk

The siren is a secondary warning service supporting the Flood Warning Service. To sign up to receive flood warnings please visit https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings or contact Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

Over recent months, our delivery partner, Bam Nuttall, has been carrying out 'early work' throughout Hebden Bridge in preparation for the main flood alleviation scheme for the town.

Part of the early works is remediation of the Vale Centre site on Stubbing Holme Road, which will facilitate the delivery of the proposed canal flood overflow at a later date.

For more information about the Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme and information on how to be prepared in a flood incident please visit www.eyeoncalderdale.com.