Leeds Mercury (23/Nov/1939) - Holmfirth Proposal Rejected

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A proposal by Holmfirth Urban Council that special sirens should be installed to give warning in the event of a flood caused by the bursting through enemy action of one of the large reservoirs at the head of the valley, has been rejected by the Ministry of Home Security.

The Ministry is of opinion that if the plan were adopted it "might lead to confusion between the special warning for water danger and the ordinary air-raid warning, the action to be taken the two cases by those who hear the sirens being entirely different."

The Ministry consider the likelihood of a direct hit on the retaining wall of a reservoir is a remote possibility.