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Storm Dennis: Homeowners flooded by Storm Ciara prepare for further floods

The i logo The i 14/02/2020
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The owners of hundreds of homes and businesses flooded by Storm Ciara are preparing to face their second major storm in seven days - with forecasters warning some areas could be swamped by a month's rain this weekend.

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Efforts were continuing to shore up flood defences in towns and villages as Storm Dennis threatened a second deluge.

Heavy plant machinery was being used to lift huge bags of gravel onto the river banks in the village of Mytholmroyd in the Calder Valley, which was badly flooded last weekend and where “very heavy rain” is expected.

Of more than 400 properties flooded across Yorkshire last weekend, more than 200 were in Mytholmroyd - a village, like many in the area, still recovering from the devastating Boxing Day floods of 2015.

Flood-hit areas preparing for Storm Dennis to strike

Residents begin clearing up following severe flooding beside the River Calder in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire (Photo: Anthony Devlin/Getty)

Scores of contractors were working at the site of £35m flood defences which were begun in the wake of the 2015 deluge but not due to be finished until the summer.

A post on the village’s Facebook page said: “Everything we are hearing about this weekend is that it is going to be horrendous. Whilst we do not wish to scaremonger please have a plan. Again the advice will likely be not to travel unless totally necessary.”

In Hebden Bridge, two miles upstream on the River Calder, Graham Mynott, the executive director of the Town Hall, said: “Everyone's hunkering down and waiting to see what happens. There's some fingers crossed out there.”

An Environment Agency spokesman said “significant widespread rainfall” is forecast from around noon in Calderdale on Saturday with “possible significant widespread flooding as a result”.

“We are expecting widespread totals of 30-50mm, with the possibility of localised totals of up to 80-100mm,” he said.

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He also said the Foss Barrier has been operated in York to protect properties in the city.

Residents in the North Yorkshire village of Kirkby Wharfe have resorted to buying their own flood defences to save their homes.

An inflatable dam is being erected to protect seven cottages which are at risk of flooding.

The villagers told the Yorkshire Post they paid for the dam after receiving a grant to install “resilience” measures in their homes following the last flood on the River Wharf in 2015.

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