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West Yorkshire flooding the 'worst in 70 years'

Residents look along Kirkstall Road in Leeds this morning Credit: ITV Yorkshire

100 soldiers are assisting emergency services across West Yorkshire, after floods described as the 'worst in 70 years' hit the region.

Calderdale and Leeds were the worst hit areas in the county, with communities in Mythholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Elland, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge and Bradford District particularly affected.

More than 2000 homes in Calderdale were flooded and left without power. In Leeds up to 1000 homes are reported to have suffered some flooding and the scale of flooding to commercial premises is still being considered. Around 12000 homes were also reported to be without power, although this has since been restored.

homes in Calderdale were flooded and left without power
homes in Leeds are reported to have suffered some flooding

Within Bradford District, around 400 homes were evacuated with affected areas including Stockbridge, Skipton Road in Keighley, Bingley and Ilkley.

River levels in the River Aire peaked last night and are now falling, although around 24 road closures were still in place there this morning. Many of them were centred around the A65, Wellington Street and Kirkstall Road areas.

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams, said:

"The flooding situation we have experienced in West Yorkshire is quite simply the worst we have seen in 70 years, according to our partners in the Environment Agency. As a result we declared a major incident yesterday evening and received support from the Ministry of Defence who deployed 100 soldiers to assist with emergency and recovery efforts in Calderdale and Leeds. I want to reassure residents that emergency services are doing all they can and we will continue to do so until this situation improves."

– Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams, West Yorkshire Police

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