Clear-up from the Boxing Day floods continues

Flooding on Boxing Day devastated large parts of Yorkshire.

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Counting the cost of the floods in Calderdale

Businesses in Calderdale have lost £47 million so far as a result of the Boxing Day floods.

Over 1,600 businesses were affected by the deluge. The total amount of losses reported by the surveyed businesses is about £47 million, around 12% of their annual turnover on average.

The scale of damage highlighted in the report reaffirms the need for more financial support to help the business community. The Council and other organisations continue to do lots to help, and we’re really pleased with the funding awards we’ve received so far. We continue to press the Government for further support.

– Mark Thompson, Calderdale Council’s Acting Director of Economy and Environment


Stranded canal boats moved back into water

Away she goes

Canal boats which have been stranded since the Boxing Day floods have been lifted back into the water at Elland near Halifax. The barges are among 30 boats in West Yorkshire which have had to be rescued.

Work can now begin to build a footbridge to carry water, gas and electricty cables. Elland Bridge is being rebuilt after being damaged in the floods and will be shut to traffic for a year. Here's Stephanie Horton River Canal Rescue Charlie Pleydell Canal boat owner.

Stranded barges removed for bridge work

Preparing to move stranded barges

Work has started on installing a temporary bridge at the site of the flood damaged Elland bridge, near Halifax.

The bridge, which is addition to the pedestrian crossing point installed last month, is being moved into place using a large crane, which is also being used to lift the stranded canal boats which were displaced during the Boxing Day flooding.

This bridge will carry utilities such as water, gas, electricity cables and telecoms. The work will mean the closure of the junction of Elland Road and Park Road until about 9pm today.

This closure means there will be no access via Park Road from Brighouse on to the A629 Calderdale Way for this period. However, access to Exley and from the Calderdale Way through to Brighouse will be unaffected.

Diversion routes will be in place, and warning signs will be in position on the junctions leading to Park Road.

Elland bridge is in a very bad state, and will unfortunately have to be demolished. As well as previously being an important crossing point, the damaged bridge also carries important utility services. The installation of a separate crossing point to contain these services will ensure they are protected. While the new bridge is being installed, it will be necessary to close the road because of the size of the crane needed. The work will be done as quickly as possible, and the crane will also be used to move the beached canal boats which have become an iconic image of the flooding."

– Calderdale Council Leader, cllr Tim Swift,


New bridge to be installed at Elland

A second new river crossing will be opened today to help replace flood-damaged Elland bridge.

A new footbridge also opened at Elland last month Credit: ITV News

The new footbridge bridge will be in addition to the pedestrian crossing point, installed last month, and will carry utilities such as water, gas, electricity cables and telecoms.

The road bridge over the canal will be demolished and rebuilt after being damaged beyond repair in the Boxing Day floods.

The government has promised to fund the £5m cost of the new road bridge.

Final preparations made to Tadcaster footbridge

Final preparations are being made to the new Tadcaster footbridge. It will reunite the two sides of the town after the road bridge was seriously damaged by floods.

The bridge is expected to open tomorrow.

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