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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.

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 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

"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

Flood victims face Xmas away from home

A pub landlord who was flooded back in August in Long Bennington, Lincolnshire says he is saddened that so many residents are still not back in their homes in the village as a result of water damage to their properties.

Anthony Jacobs who runs The Royal Oak says he and his staff managed to save much of their furniture and decor as they reacted quickly due to their experience from being flooded twice before and knowing what to do.

Flooding at The Royal Oak in Long Bennington in August

The landlord also says the pub has a stone floor which is less susceptible to water damage - unlike some residents who've had to replace wooden flooring and carpets and re-plaster their homes.

Flooding at The Royal Oak in Long Bennington in August
Flooding at The Royal Oak in Long Bennington in August

Environment Agency issues more than 30 flood warnings in the region

The Environment agency have now issued more than 30 flood warnings across West and North Yorkshire, prompting people to take action in affected areas.

North Yorkshire flood warnings in place Credit: Environment Agency

Five Warnings are in place for the River Ouse at:

* Neburn Lock * York - St Georges Field * Acaster Malbis * Acaster Selby * York - Riverside Properties

There's one warning at Cock Beck in Stutton

Flood warnings in West Yorkshire Credit: Environment Agency

Residents in West Yorkshire are being warned in the following places:

* River Calder - Todmorden, Cricket Ground to the Railway Bridge * River Calder at Todmorden - Millwood * River Calder - Brighouse, Nun Bank Wood * River Calder - Brearley and Luddenden Foot * River Calder - Central Todmorden * Walsden Water Todmorden - from Shade to Salford *Walsden Water at Walsden * Wortley Beck from the ring road by Corn Mill Lodge Hotel to Butt Lane by Farnley Reservoir *Eastburn Beck at Sutton in Craven

The Highways Agency have closed the M606 near Bradford on the Northbound carriageway because it has flooded. The problem's between J3 A6036 Rooley Avenue / A6177 Rooley Lane / Staithgate Lane (Staygate Roundabout). There's congestion to J2 Merrydale Road (Euroway Trading Estates).

To find out what's happening near to where you live check the Environment Agency's website

Flood warnings remain in place

Flood warnings remain in place in parts of the region after the latest heavy rain.

This was the scene in Boroughbridge this morning, where the River Ure has burst its banks.

The Environment Agency says it expects levels to drop in most places during the day.

At a nearby caravan park, customers have been moved to higher ground as part of the site has flooded in recent weeks.

Staff say they are well equipped to deal with it.

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