Sign up to flood alert system

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Colne and Trawden residents are being urged to sign up to a flood alert system.

The Newground Flood Team, working in partnership with the Environment Agency, has initiated an engagement campaign in the area with an emphasis to increase the number of at-risk properties in Colne and neighbouring Trawden signed up to the Agency’s Floodline Warnings Direct service.

Uptake of the service is currently low despite areas of Colne being at risk of flooding from Colne Water and from Trawden Brook, with the latter a tributary to the former.

Intense downpours have seen a number of incidents recorded over the years, and the rapidly rising waters are quite often due to the narrow nature of both watercourses and sections of both being channels in parts.

Firstly, a letter drop will take place and this is to be followed up by members of the team door knocking.

The two local river level monitors, Carry Bridge (Colne Water) and Trawden Brook, can be followed on Twitter at @riverlevel_1350 and @riverlevel_1351 respectively, with the information being updated every 15 minutes.

If your property is at risk, you can sign up online at or by calling 0345 988 1188.

To find out if your property is at risk, visit and enter your postcode.