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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

December floods: Clear up continues

Four weeks after the devastating tidal surge, the East Coast is tonight once again experiencing exceptionally high tides.

The tides are - on paper at least - even higher than the ones which last month forced hundreds of people out of their homes and left a huge bill for the damage.

However, the storms battering the South West will not combine with these super high tides to create another surge along the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coastline.

Michael Billington was in Scarborough which is still counting the cost from last month's floods.

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More money 'being spent on flooding than ever before'

Responding to reports the Environment Agency is to shed 15% of its workforce to save money, a spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said more money is being spent on tackling the risk of flooding than ever before.

A road is closed in Salcombe, Devon following flooding. Credit: RNLI/Salcombe

They said: "We're currently spending over £2.3 billion on tackling the risk of flooding and coastal erosion. Together with contributions from other partners, this is more money than ever before.

"We'll also be making record levels of capital investment and will be spending over £400 million by 2020/21.

"In addition we have provided the Environment Agency with an above-inflation increase of £5 million on their floods maintenance work in 2015/16.

"Departments and agencies across government are having to make choices about their budgets and the Environment Agency is making their own choices about how best to use their resources."

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