Pennine Waterways News

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Floods Hit Yorkshire Waterways

This week has seen further flooding on the Yorkshire Navigations.

Heavy rain over the Pennines earlier in the week has been making its way downstream, causing flooding in Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield and Mirfield along the way.

Today, flood defences were breached between Figure of Three Locks and Broad Cut allowing flood water and debris to wash into the Calder and Hebble Navigation. Narrowboats moored at Broad Cut near Wakefield were lifted onto the towpath. One remained stranded there while another capsized when the waters receded.

Significant flooding has also occurred north and east of Leeds, around York, Selby and Naburn. The River Ouse is reported to be a mile wide in places.

A number of navigations are still closed at this time, including the Calder & Hebble, Sheffield & South Yorkshire, Stainforth & Keadby, River Ure and River Ouse.

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