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Flood insurance scheme to be launched

People throughout the region who have struggled to insure their homes after flooding could be helped by a new scheme that is being launched this week.

Flooding devastation in Mytholmroyd Credit: ITV News

The Flood Re programme is aimed at making insurance more accessible and cheaper for those in high risk areas.

Meanwhile council leaders in Leeds will be meeting to discuss the city's strategy for dealing with flooding.

It is three months since the city was hit by devastating floods on Boxing Day.

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£5 million advertising fund to boost flooded York businesses

Flooded properties in Tower Street, York, in December 2015 Credit: Press Association

A £5 million fund is being made available to flood-hit businesses and attractions in York to advertise that they are open.

The announcement follows a £1 million publicity campaign a cut-price rail fares to encourage tourism to flood-hit areas around Easter.

Around 200 businesses in the city were flooded after Christmas.

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Warnings of more flooding as heavy rain forecast

The Environment Agency has issued a warning to communities in Yorkshire about possible flooding and disruption to travel on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Heavy rain is forecast as well as high tides.

Rivers in the county already affected by record levels throughout the wettest December on record are most at risk, with the potential for heavy rainfall causing them to rise again, and drains to flood.

Environment Agency teams have been working around the clock responding to the recent floods and then helping communities recover.

Since last month, inspections of more than 7,000 Environment Agency assets have been completed and repair work is underway at many sites.

We will issue flood warnings and alerts where necessary as rivers respond to the rainfall. This could also cause drains to overflow, so people need to be ready for flash flooding in some places. Environment Agency teams are already out checking flood defences, clearing trash screens and blockages in watercourses and culverts.

Disruption to travel and some flooding of low-lying land and individual properties is possible. We urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades, and not to drive through flood water.

– Clare Dinnis, National Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency

Residents in flood-hit Calder Valley urged to stay safe

West Yorkshire Police are continuing to coordinate with partners in local authorities and other emergency services regarding today's severe weather in the region.

Several road closures have been in place in the region as a result of heavy rain and flooding, with the majority in the Calderdale area.

Roads affected by flooding include the A646 running along the River Calder, the A629 from Halifax and the A61 at Harewood Bridge.

Residents are being urged to take note of weather warnings in place in West Yorkshire and to check on helplines and websites if they have concerns about flooding or road conditions.

Communities in Hebden Bridge, Mythamroyd and Sowerby Bridge are among the areas most affected by flooding disruption and emergency services are working in partnership in these and other locations.

Residents whose properties have been flooded are being advised to go to stay in their homes if possible and to go to the upstairs of their properties. If they are in danger then they should ring 101 and not try and evacuate themselves.

They are also being advised to stay safe, and not to drive on roads which have been closed due to flooding and not to stand at the edge of rising flood waters.

Rest centres have been set up in Halifax town centre, at Todmorden Town Hall and Keighley Leisure Centre and flood levels are being monitored on the ground.

Those who live near waterways who are concerned about flooding in their areas should check the Environment Agency floodline on 0345 988 1188.

Updates can also be found on the Environment Agency webpage at http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/31618.aspx where residents can enter details of where they live to check the latest flood warnings.

Specific details of the latest flooding situation and road closures in Calderdale can be found at the eyeoncalderdale website at http://eyeoncalderdale.com

"The severe rainfall we have experienced has clearly brought disruption to West Yorkshire and police are working to support partners in local authorities, fire service and environment agency to manage the situation.

"Our advice is that if your property has experienced flooding, please stay in your homes and go upstairs, If you feel you are in danger then ring 101, please do not try and leave through flood waters yourself.

"We continue to urge drivers to use caution when on the roads and not to try and drive through clearly flooded areas.

"Emergency services are closely monitoring river levels as the day progresses and are all working very closely on the ground to manage the situation as it develops."

– Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams, West Yorkshire Police
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