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Flood defences aimed at preventing future disaster

Five months to the day since the Boxing Day floods devastated large parts of Calderdale, new defences costing £10 million have been unveiled in a bid to prevent a repeat of the disaster.

The village of Mytholmroyd was one of those worst affected, when the River Calder burst its banks last year. Hundreds of homes and business were engulfed by up to six feet of water.

The Environment Agency says it hopes the new scheme will help prevent future flooding. But some say more needs to be done. Chris Kiddey has the details.


Environment Secretary brings news of aid for flood areas

Devastation caused by floods

The Environment Secretary Liz Truss is in the region this afternoon visiting areas badly hit by the Boxing Day floods.

She is expected to make an announcement about how £150 million - made available as part of yesterday's budget - will be spent on flood defence schemes in Leeds, York and the Calder valley.

Work starts on Elland's temporary pedestrian bridge

Construction at the new Elland pedestrian bridge today Credit: Lisa Adlam

Construction of a temporary footbridge to serve the Elland community is taking place this weekend.

The new bridge is being installed at the site of the flood damaged bridge, to allow pedestrians to cross. The 30m long bridge will provide an important link for local people between Park Road and Elland Bridge Road. It will be 1.5m wide and accessible for people with buggies, wheelchairs and bikes.

The bridge will be lit at night and is being installed by the Canal & River Trust's contractor, Kier. A further crossing is also being installed to carry important services over the canal.

The junction of Elland Road and Park Road is closed today from 5am to 9pm for the work to take place.

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 are in place, and warning signs in position on the junctions leading to Park Road. The footbridge should be open by the end of next week.

Following the flooding the Canal & River Trust installed an interim crossing at Elland Lock.

The Government has today announced £5.5 million of funding for the restoration of the Elland Bridge and a temporary footbridge.

Work on the new pedestrian crossing at Elland Credit: Lisa Adlam

Calder Valley hit by worst floods in living memory

Calderdale flooding Credit: ITV News Calendar

The Calder Valley has been hit by the worst floods in living memory with homes and businesses under several feet of water.

Roads in the area including the main A646 Burnley road have also been submerged after river levels reached a record 5.1m height.

Elderly people living in Elephaborough, near Mytholmroyd, have been rescued from their homes.

Other residents, who are still trapped in their homes have moved upstairs.

The Humberside coastguard has airlifted a patient with a heart condition to a nearby hospital.

Mytholmroyd WMC is providing shelter and drinks for residents who have been forced out of their homes because of the floods.


More money for Hull businesses hit by floods

Hull has been awarded a further £95,000 of government money to help businesses affected by flooding, making a total allocation of £325,000.

Hull City Council launched a local Business Support Scheme in February. It offers grants towards uninsured losses, including clean-up costs, equipment, repairs to business premises, materials, stock and temporary accommodation.

Flood warnings for North Yorkshire

Flooded River Ouse, in York. Credit: ITV Calendar

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for three Yorkshire rivers which have been swollen by days of heavy rain. There are four flood warnings in place on the River Ouse - three of them in and around York. There are also warnings for the River Swale at Kirby Wiske and for the River Ure.

Flooded Tower Gardens, in York Credit: ITV Calendar
Riverside footpaths in York are flooded. Credit: ITV Calendar

Environment Agency officials monitoring the Ouse in York say it is currently 3.7 metres or 12 feet 3 ins and is expected to stay at or around this level throughout Sunday. The typical river level range is between 0.05 metres and 1.90 metres.

Tower Gardens under water in York. Credit: ITV Calendar

Despite the flood warnings for riverside properties, tourism officials insist York is open for business. 40,000 visitors are expected for the annual Jorvik Viking Festival, which began on Saturday.

The Kings Arms pub, in York Credit: ITV Calendar

The worst flooding to hit the city in recent years was in November 2000, when the Ouse peaked at 5.4 metres or about 17 ft 8ins. That led to thousands of residents being evacuated from their homes and the army being called in to build makeshift sandbag defences.

West Yorkshire firefighters help flood effort in Somerset

Water being pumped into a canal through an out flow system. Credit: West Yorkshire fire and rescue

Eleven firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service are in Somerset to help the flood relief effort. The crew from Stanningley fire station have expertise in High Volume Pump operation and are supporting Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

They are currently working eight miles north of Taunton, North Moor at Bridgwater.

West Yorkshire crews using their expertise at Taunton Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

"We are moving water into a canal to alleviate the lowland flooding. Some houses in the area have been breached and have been evacuated. There are other houses under similar threat which we are endeavouring to save. "

Alan Jordon, Station Commander for Stanningley fire and rescue

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