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District hit by floods after heavy rain
There are reports of flooding in parts of the Bradford district following this morning's heavy rain.
The road which leads to MB motors, in Shipley, off Leeds Road, is among those affected after the nearby river burst its banks.
Major flooding was reported on the moors today between Bingley and Menston with speeds on many of the district’s roads reduced to just 20mph.
In Bradford city centre channels of rainwater swept down roadsides while pedestrians dodged huge sprays of water from passing traffic.
The unrelenting deluge saw the fifth annual Born in Bradford (BiB) teddy bears' picnic at Lister Park cancelled.
Thousands of disappointed ticket holders due to head to MFest at Harewood House this weekend have now been promised their money back after the festival was abandoned.
An extreme weather warning issued by the Met Office meant the public’s health and safety was of “paramount concern” said its organisers who added it would have been “irresponsible” to continue - stars due to have gone on stage include Bob Geldof, Cher Lloyd and The Human League.
The rains have also put pay to Yeadon Carnival after its field was left looking more like a paddy field than a carnival site.
Carnival committee chairman and councillor Nigel Francis said: “The whole of Yeadon looks forward to this day, but after the heavy rains the field was more suited to planting rice than staging a carnival. “We felt that not only would the field cut up very badly, but there was the added danger that someone could slip, and break a leg or worse still, when you are putting 100 plus vehicles onto a very wet field, there is the danger of skidding and some child or adult been killed.”
Now the committee is looking at the possibility of putting it on in the Town Hall on Saturday, July 21 and urging everyone to look out for flyers. “This cancellation has cost us over £1,000 and we desperately need funding for next year . We can hope that our City Councillors will look favourably next year and make us a grant, otherwise we will be in big trouble.”
Wrose Carnival that should have been held over two-days for the first time in its history this weekend will now be at Eccleshill Football Club after Wrose Recreation Ground got too water-logged.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people at risk of flooding to think ahead.
Please take note of the following advice: •Turn off electrical items if you are at immediate risk of being flooded and be prepared for power cuts. However, avoid using candles and other open flames as this poses a further risk
•Move valuables upstairs if possible •Prepare an emergency kit bag in case of evacuation
•To find out the latest advice and information listen to local radio or television stations. Go in, stay in, tune in!