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US News So much for the flood defences! Storm Ciara leaves Yorkshire Dales and Pennines towns under water as £30m barriers finished last year catastrophically FAIL

16:15  10 february  2020
16:15  10 february  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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So much for the flood defences ! Storm Ciara leaves Yorkshire Dales and Pennines towns under water as £ 30 m barriers finished last year catastrophically FAIL

Hurricane-force winds and rain rock transport network and engulf defences to bring fresh misery to flood -hit communities. More than 200 flood warnings were issued across England on Sunday, with the town of Storm Ciara , one of the most violent for years , has left a trail of destruction in Europe.

Fire service personnel wade though a flooded street in St. Asaph in North Wales. © Reuters Fire service personnel wade though a flooded street in St. Asaph in North Wales.

Storm Ciara has savaged towns in Yorkshire, drenching homes, supermarkets and restaurants - despite multimillion pound defences built in the wake of the devastating Boxing Day floods of 2015. 

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

Councils have spent millions on anti-flooding infrastructure after the 2015 deluge left thousands of homes and businesses ruined.  

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a store shelf filled with books: The Sainsbury's supermarket in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, is pictured covered in rainwater, with stock floating own the aisles this morning © Provided by Daily Mail The Sainsbury's supermarket in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, is pictured covered in rainwater, with stock floating own the aisles this morning But flood defences throughout the Calder Valley lay in tatters after yesterday's storm, which threaten's to be Britain's worst in a century, with residents and businesses hitting out at authorities for failing to protect them. 

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  Storm Ciara, or Sabine, Leaves 5 Dead in Europe LONDON — Streets were flooded, flights were canceled, traffic was jammed, power was cut and wind-blown trees blocked roads and rails on Monday as a deadly winter storm raged through western and northern Europe. Storm Ciara — or Sabine, as the storm is called in German-speaking countries — tore through Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, and Poland, unleashing chaos and killing at least five people, according to reports from news agencies and social media.

Widespread travel disruption continues as the after-effects of Storm Ciara are felt across the country. Flood warnings remain in place. Yellow warnings for wind and snow are already in place for the entire day throughout Northern Ireland and most of Scotland.

Image caption Flood defences have been bolstered in the West Yorkshire village of Mytholmroyd The UK is braced for more disruption, with another storm forecast for the second weekend running. The predictions are not as severe as last weekend when Ciara brought as much as 184mm of rain

a car parked in a parking lot: Under water: Cars are seen submerged in floodwater in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, after Storm Ciara battered the town © Provided by Daily Mail Under water: Cars are seen submerged in floodwater in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, after Storm Ciara battered the town There are still 323 flood warnings and alerts in place across Britain, as those in Yorkshire battle rainfall just shy of what they were forced to endure four years ago, in a bid to prevent long-lasting damage to their properties. 

Flooding in Mytholmroyd this weekend nearly reached levels experienced in the area on Boxing Day 2015 (pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail Flooding in Mytholmroyd this weekend nearly reached levels experienced in the area on Boxing Day 2015 (pictured) The West Yorkshire towns of Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Hebden and Sowerby Bridge are 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. 

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The people of Mytholmroyd in the flood -hit Yorkshire Pennines have rallied together on a The river Calder burst its banks in the town of Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire and homes and businesses have been left under five feet of water . Huge thanks to the emergency services and military for doing so much .

Storm Ciara , which is being dubbed 'Britain's worst in a century' has claimed one man's life after a tree fell on his car in Hampshire. Flood defences are lying in tatters in the Calder Valley towns of West Yorkshire after torrential rainfall over the weekend.

a living room with a fireplace in front of a brick building: A resident in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire pours a bucket of dirty rainwater collected from inside his home onto the street on Monday morning © Provided by Daily Mail A resident in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire pours a bucket of dirty rainwater collected from inside his home onto the street on Monday morning 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. 

a group of people riding skis on a snowy street: A family is pictured in December 2015 when the River Calder bursts its banks and the Army was drafted in to help residents © Provided by Daily Mail A family is pictured in December 2015 when the River Calder bursts its banks and the Army was drafted in to help residents In York, the River Ouse has burst its banks, submerging streets and cars, while blustering gales have brought down trees. 

a person sitting in a yard: A frustrated resident of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, is pictured throwing away water-soaked rubbish outside his home © Provided by Daily Mail A frustrated resident of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, is pictured throwing away water-soaked rubbish outside his home 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.

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In dozens of towns still reeling from the devastation wrought by last week’s Storm Ciara , the Army was drafted in to bolster flood defences . Last week’s muddy brown floodwater had overwhelmed the town , prompting anger that a £ 30 million flood defence scheme The water just poured over the top.’

a bridge over a body of water: The River Ouse in York has broken its banks after heavy overnight rainfall from Storm Ciara, a flood warning remains in place with the river level expected to rise further © Provided by Daily Mail The River Ouse in York has broken its banks after heavy overnight rainfall from Storm Ciara, a flood warning remains in place with the river level expected to rise further 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.  

a person walking down a street in front of a building: Members of the fire brigade help with clean up efforts in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, after the worst rain since 2015 floods hit over the weekend © Provided by Daily Mail Members of the fire brigade help with clean up efforts in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, after the worst rain since 2015 floods hit over the weekend

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. 

Furniture is thrown onto the streets of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, after it was ruined by floodwater over the weekend © Provided by Daily Mail Furniture is thrown onto the streets of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, after it was ruined by floodwater over the weekend 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.

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  Irish weather forecast: Status Orange wind warning for nine counties comes into effect at 10am as Storm Dennis batters Ireland It will expire at 10pm tonight, as long as it is not extended by weather chiefs throughout the day . © Provided by Irish Mirror The predicted path of Storm Dennis The caution reads: “Status Orange - Wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick Southwest winds with mean speeds of 60 to 80 km/h with severe gusts of up to 120km/h, strongest on exposed hills and coasts, with a risk of coastal flooding.” It comes after Storm Dennis wreaked havoc across Ireland yesterday, with more awful conditions expected today.

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

a stack of flyers on a table: Hebden Bridge residents come together to help businesses savaged by near-record breaking levels of rainwater © Provided by Daily Mail Hebden Bridge residents come together to help businesses savaged by near-record breaking levels of rainwater 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. 

a couple of people that are standing in the water: Firefighters in Mytholmroyd are pictured in their wellies trying to rid their station of water after the River Calder burst its banks nearby © Provided by Daily Mail Firefighters in Mytholmroyd are pictured in their wellies trying to rid their station of water after the River Calder burst its banks nearby 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.'

a person riding on the back of a red boat: A Lidl too much rain: A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue worker is pictured with a dinghy in Brighouse, West Yorkshire © Provided by Daily Mail A Lidl too much rain: A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue worker is pictured with a dinghy in Brighouse, West Yorkshire

On Monday the wardens said: 'It's the morning after and possibly the first time people will get a chance to really take stock of the devastation.' 

Martin Slater from the Environment Agency told BBC Radio Leeds: 'As the rain that fell yesterday moves down the River Aire catchment and the River Calder it will be going through Leeds overnight and today.

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a man standing in a room: 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 © Provided by Daily Mail 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 'So we do ask people to remain vigilant and stay away from rivers.'

Mr Slater said: 'The catchments are really saturated and there's not places for any future rain to go, so we do ask people to be really careful.

' a cluttered desk with a computer on a table: A chemist in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, is pictured drenched in muddy rainwater, with nappies and beauty products littering the floor © Provided by Daily Mail A chemist in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, is pictured drenched in muddy rainwater, with nappies and beauty products littering the floor Some of our measuring devices recorded around about 100mm rain in a 12 to 18-hour period, so that's a lot of rain falling in a very short period of time.

'Enormous quantities have fallen in a short period of time so that turns those small becks into raging torrents in places.'

Before the storm hit, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority last week vowed to spend another £1.7million on flood defences. 

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: Ruined: Karen Smith's front room in the Calder Valley town of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, is seen covered in mud and water © Provided by Daily Mail Ruined: Karen Smith's front room in the Calder Valley town of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, is seen covered in mud and water Across the Yorkshire Dales last year, natural flood defences were implemented to protect farms from the effects of heavy rain. 

a large room: So much for flood defences! A hairdressers in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, was forced to close after rainwater savaged the building © Provided by Daily Mail So much for flood defences! A hairdressers in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, was forced to close after rainwater savaged the building Natural flooding management techniques have been rolled out in Bishopdale, Wensleydale, including leaky dams, earth bunds and tree planting. They were all designed to stem the flow of the River Ure.    

Early reports from West Yorkshire were that some of the new defences held but many homes were still flooded. 

a bridge over a body of water: A bus is pictured crossing the flooded River Ouse below in York this morning © Provided by Daily Mail A bus is pictured crossing the flooded River Ouse below in York this morning   

Fights break out at Gatwick and young children are forced to sleep on floor as airlines axe flights due to Storm Ciara with more gales and snow on way today

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Fights broke out at Gatwick Airport and young children were forced to sleep on the floor as airlines axed flights due to Storm Ciara, with more gales and snow set to batter Britain today. 

a man standing on a bridge over a body of water: Members of the public watch as floodwater sweeps through the streets of York after the River Ouse burst its banks © Provided by Daily Mail Members of the public watch as floodwater sweeps through the streets of York after the River Ouse burst its banks Commuters faced further havoc this morning, with the aftermath causing widespread disruption during rush hour as Britain's biggest storm in seven years sweeps north, with winds of 60 to 70 mph are expected in parts of the country.

Passengers at the country's second largest airport took to social media to complain about lengthy delays, scuffles and children reportedly sleeping on the floor, with holiday firm TUI coming in for criticism.

On Twitter, Joanne Rose, posted a picture holding her son and said: 'This is after 14 hours being stuck at Gatwick airport with my 4 year old son and my 82 year old mother ! With not one person from your company to help us !!!! Disgusted is an understatement!!! The time is now 23.47.

And Ade Peachey said: 'Absolutely disgusting service from your front desk at British Airways today. We were left standing for over 3 hours, some fights broke out in the queue which your staff didn't even bother to get security for. As for your front desk staff, they need to relearn.' 

The storm, which now threatens to be the 'worst of the century', is set to bring strong gales, heavy showers, snow and ice today as a yellow wind warning issued by the Met Office remains.

a car parked on the side of a building: A motorist has miracle escape after car drives into a sinkhole which opens on suburban street in Brentwood, Essex. The massive depression appeared in the early hours of this morning as Storm Ciara raged © Provided by Daily Mail A motorist has miracle escape after car drives into a sinkhole which opens on suburban street in Brentwood, Essex. The massive depression appeared in the early hours of this morning as Storm Ciara raged

Train passengers are being advised to check with operators before travelling as there are likely to be some cancellations due to fallen trees, debris and other damage from yesterday. 

There are already numerous reports of rail disruption, including trains on the TransPennine Express between Preston and Edinburgh being suspended due to flooding at Carlisle. 

Driving conditions are also set to be tricky during the chaotic weather, and motorists have been advised to take care in difficult conditions, with closures on the M11, M25 and A21. 

a car parked on the side of a snow covered street: Snow hits the town of Bathgate in West Lothian, Scotland, as Storm Ciara continues its blustery assault on the British Isles © Provided by Daily Mail Snow hits the town of Bathgate in West Lothian, Scotland, as Storm Ciara continues its blustery assault on the British Isles

More than 20,000 homes have spent the night without power as the UK continues to reel from Storm Ciara.

As of 5am on Monday, UK Power Networks reported more than 18,500 properties across the east and southeast of England were still without power while Western Power Distribution said more than 2,800 homes were in the dark.

A flooded Tesco supermarket car park in Carlisle in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country this morning © Provided by Daily Mail A flooded Tesco supermarket car park in Carlisle in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country this morning Flooding and debris on rail lines caused delays and cancellations over the weekend as many major stations across the UK shut due to overcrowding, with at least 10 firms issuing a 'do not travel' warning. 

Meanwhile, hundreds of flights were grounded - with London's Heathrow airport the worst affected with more than 400 arrivals and departures axed.  

a body of water with smoke coming out of it: Huge waves crash into the harbour wall this morning at Porthcawl in South Wales as Storm Ciara continues to batter the UK © Provided by Daily Mail Huge waves crash into the harbour wall this morning at Porthcawl in South Wales as Storm Ciara continues to batter the UK Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office Frank Saunders said: 'In the wake of Storm Ciara, it'll remain unsettled and very windy across the UK and it'll turn colder with wintry showers and ice an additional hazard, as we head into the new week. 

'A wind and snow warning is in force for parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland on Monday as well as a further yellow wind warning in the south west of England.'


Fianna Fáil 'will try to govern without Sinn Féin' .
The party said it will begin formally speaking to other parties in an attempt to form a government.Both parties have been seeking a path to a viable coalition since the Irish general election earlier in February.

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