Flood-hit Yorkshire residents slam £30m defences that make ‘NO DIFFERENCE’

Flood-hit Yorkshire residents have slammed the £30million defences that make ‘no difference’ as they face thousands in clean-up bills just five years after the last deluge.

Towns in the Pennines and Yorkshire Dales that have endured years of relentless flooding were under water again this week after almost three inches of rain fell in the region on Sunday. 

Councils have spent millions on anti-flooding infrastructure after the 2015 Boxing Day flooding left thousands of properties ruined. But the River Ouse last burst its banks just five months ago, and now residents and businesses are hitting out at authorities for failing to protect them from the impact of Storm Ciara.

There are still 56 flood warnings in place across Britain today, with 30 of those in the Yorkshire region.

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers is expected to visit the region later today, and talk to those affected by yet another round of relentless flooding.

Social media user Craig Bloodworth tweeted out pictures this morning of the flooding that has hit York after water levels rose in the River Ouse

Social media user Craig Bloodworth tweeted out pictures this morning of the flooding that has hit York after water levels rose in the River Ouse

Social media user Craig Bloodworth tweeted out pictures this morning of the flooding that has hit York after water levels rose in the River Ouse

The flooding from Storm Ciara has devastated the Yorkshire area, with a number of parts of the country still suffering

The flooding from Storm Ciara has devastated the Yorkshire area, with a number of parts of the country still suffering

The flooding from Storm Ciara has devastated the Yorkshire area, with a number of parts of the country still suffering

There are still a number of flood warnings in Yorkshire today after the area has already been hit by significant flooding

There are still a number of flood warnings in Yorkshire today after the area has already been hit by significant flooding

There are still a number of flood warnings in Yorkshire today after the area has already been hit by significant flooding

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has sent a tweet warning that a number of areas are still flooded and urged drivers not to try and go through them

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has sent a tweet warning that a number of areas are still flooded and urged drivers not to try and go through them

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has sent a tweet warning that a number of areas are still flooded and urged drivers not to try and go through them

A picture showing some of the flooding in York Knavesmire, Yorkshire today. 30 flood warnings are in place in the Yorkshire region today

A picture showing some of the flooding in York Knavesmire, Yorkshire today. 30 flood warnings are in place in the Yorkshire region today

A picture showing some of the flooding in York Knavesmire, Yorkshire today. 30 flood warnings are in place in the Yorkshire region today

The West Yorkshire towns of Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Hebden and Sowerby Bridge have been among the worst hit, with the streets transformed into canals, cars submerged and shops floors and front rooms covered in muddy water. 

A Sainsbury’s supermarket in Hebden Bridge was pictured with stock floating along the aisles, with a chemist in nearby Sowerby Bridge a similar sight. 

Remzi Samsa the owner of Rendezvous Bistro in Hebden Bridge was forced to close, while street sweepers descended on the high street in a bid to clear the roads of water. 

Also among the victims was Karen Smith, a resident of Mytholmroyd, whose ground floor was covered in thick brown sludge as a result of the storm.

She was pictured this morning desperately trying to sweep water back out onto the street, which was also drenched. 

In York, the River Ouse has burst its banks, submerging streets and cars, while blustering gales have brought down trees. 

2015: Flooding in Mytholmroyd this weekend nearly reached levels experienced in the area on Boxing Day 2015

2015: Flooding in Mytholmroyd this weekend nearly reached levels experienced in the area on Boxing Day 2015

2015: Flooding in Mytholmroyd this weekend nearly reached levels experienced in the area on Boxing Day 2015 

2015: A family is pictured in December 2015 when the River Calder bursts its banks and the Army was drafted in to help residents

2015: A family is pictured in December 2015 when the River Calder bursts its banks and the Army was drafted in to help residents

2015: A family is pictured in December 2015 when the River Calder bursts its banks and the Army was drafted in to help residents

Flooding affected large sections of the River Calder and River Aire in West Yorkshire. Further downstream, the main bridge at Elland has been closed for structural assessments after a large shipping container hit it and lodged underneath.

Yesterday, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services revealed they were called to 170 flooding-related incidents in 12 hours between 8am and 8pm on Sunday.  There were 765 emergency 999 calls and 50 rescues carried out.  

Train services have been suspended on the Transpennine Express between York and Scarborough due to a fallen tree on the line. 

Northern trains between Ilkley, Skipton and Bradford Forster Square will not run all day due to flooding at Kirkstall Forge.    

Routes between Carlisle, Lancaster and Leeds have also been suspended due to flooding at Hellifield. Replacement buses are running between Skipton and Carlisle, but are likely to be delayed due to rainwater on the roads. 

2015: A brave man is pictured knee-deep in brown flood water in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, in December 2015

2015: A brave man is pictured knee-deep in brown flood water in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, in December 2015

2015: A brave man is pictured knee-deep in brown flood water in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, in December 2015 

2015: A woman is pictured seeking refuge on the top floor of her house as she looks onto the flooded street below in Mytholmroyd in December 2015

2015: A woman is pictured seeking refuge on the top floor of her house as she looks onto the flooded street below in Mytholmroyd in December 2015

2015: A woman is pictured seeking refuge on the top floor of her house as she looks onto the flooded street below in Mytholmroyd in December 2015 

There are also road closures throughout the region, including Clover Bridge in North Yorkshire, Greys Bridge in Denaby Main, Main Street in Wensley, Yorkshire Dales, the A684 in Hawes, the A646 in Mytholmroyd through to Halifax Road, A167 in Tees View and Bessingby Hill in both directions.

The M606 is also shut in Bradford between junctions two and three as a result of flooding.   

Yesterday river levels across the region peaked just below the record levels of the 2015 Boxing Day floods.

More than £30 million has been spent on flood defences in Mytholmroyd since the 2015 disaster, with part of the scheme completed in 2019 and the remainder due to be finished this summer. 

At the height of the flooding in the village on Sunday, the floods wardens said on their Facebook page: ‘Please stay at home unless absolutely necessary. There are no passable roads through The Valley.

‘There are no shops open for you to buy things from. And if you think you have a vehicle that is capable of driving through flood water still don’t do it.’

 

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