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New centre to train fire crews for flooding

A new training centre in Grimsby is being opened to train fire fighters for work in flooded areas.

Artist's impression of the training area

The Ark Project will be the first of its kind in the UK, recreating domestic flooding conditions.

The effect of severe weather and flooding has become a major feature for the Humber region over the past ten years and it is anticipated that this will worsen.

The facility will provide a single point of contact, providing co-ordinated, innovative interventions, for the preparation, planning, resourcing and training for all water related incidents.

This will include flood and fast moving water situations, such as the recent tidal surge in December 2013 and all other aspects of water rescues.

The state-of-the-art training facility will be a bespoke moving water training centre and it is intended to be housed at Peaks Lane Fire Station in Grimsby. It will consist of a water tank large enough to submerse a vehicle and other hazards.

The new facility will imitate rapids for fast moving water scenarios and enable effective and safe rescue training to be delivered to responders, on call staff and volunteers using many possible water incident interventions.

Dene Sanders, Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue, said:

"This new training centre will be used to ensure our own staff are trained to the highest standard by simulating what happens when large scale flooding occurs. It will create a realistic environment for crews to train in water rescue scenarios, whilst simultaneously reducing training costs.”

Construction begins on Leeds flood defences

A major new flood defence in Leeds, which will protect hundreds of homes and businesses and safeguard the future economy, has begun construction.

Flooding at Clarence Dock Credit: Andy Karczewski

The new £50 million defences are the first of their kind for the area. In total, they will protect over 150 businesses and reduce the potential disruption caused by flooding for 3,000 city centre flats.

The scheme includes new gates to control the flow of the River Aire, removing the island between the river and the nearby canal, and building new raised defences.

Almost 19,000 jobs are estimated to be created within the protected area over the next 10 years, so the new defences will play a vital role in protecting the Yorkshire economy.

Funded by £35 million worth of government funding, together with contributions from both Leeds City Council and the private sector, this scheme is an example of the success of partnership funding in creating new defences to make the country more resilient.

Speaking at the launch of the construction, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said:

"In addition to protecting existing homes and businesses we expect to see a substantial number of new jobs created in Leeds over the next ten years so it is vital we invest in infrastructure to protect the area.

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Flood devastation still felt four months on

The residents of a north Lincolnshire village who say they're still no closer to knowing when they can move back into their homes following last December's tidal surge.

Four months ago 120 homes in South Ferriby were devastated after several feet of water swamped the village, wrecking homes and businesses.

Our reporter James Webster has been to speak to some of the residents whose lives remain on hold - including one man who now admits the trauma of what happened was almost too much for him.

Still homeless four months after floods

Residents of South Ferriby say they're still no closer to knowing when they can move back home after December's tidal surge.

Around 120 homes are needing repairs after ending up under several feet of water. Lives for many have had to be put on hold.

One man whose house was badly damaged now admits the immediate aftermath was so hard to deal with he considered ending his life.

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Residents: Flood warning system not fit for purpose

People whose homes flooded in part of North Lincolnshire have described the flood warning system which is meant to prepare them for the worst as 'not fit for purpose'.

Last night residents in South Ferriby were going toe to toe with the Environment Agency at a public meeting after December's tidal surge. Well the Agency has admitted even they were caught out by the water levels. Michael Billington reports:

Residents criticise flood warning system

People whose homes flooded in North Lincolnshire in December have criticised the Environment Agency's flood warning system - calling it not fit for purpose.

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At a meeting last night, some residents from South Ferriby said they were given no warning of the tidal surge which flooded hundreds of homes in the village in a matter of minutes.

It was predicted that the surge would not over-top the village's food defences - but the water rose higher than expected, and an emergency evacuation had to be carried out.

Flood warnings issued for York

River Ouse: further rise expected later today Credit: Calendar news

There are three flood warnings in place in York after the River Ouse burst its banks. Some riverside properties have been sandbagged and a number have pumps operating. The current level of the river there is 3.25m or 10 feet 8 inches and has remained around this level over the past 12 hours.

Due to recent rainfall across the catchment, levels will remain above 3m over the weekend and a further rise is expected later today as water works its way down from upstream rivers. Further showers are forecast across the region before clearing eastwards by midday.

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