These photo memories showcase how storms brought chaos to Leeds down the decades.
These photo memories showcase how storms brought chaos to Leeds down the decades.

How storms brought chaos to Leeds down the decades

They boast a wild beauty but bring with them chaos and destruction to a city.

Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 5:40 pm

Leeds has witnessed its fair share of stormy weather down the years with the city and its residents battered by mother nature. A vicious storm hit the city in November 1973 and caused the closure of the busy shopping precinct Commercial Street in the city centre after slates blew down. The bad weather also blew roofs off properties and caused substantial damage to businesses. Bad weather in January 1983 left cars under rubble while another bout of stormy weather in January 1984 blew a bus off the road. Fast forward to 2007 and, as our photos show, there was chaos after the banks of the River Aire in Leeds city centre were broken by heavy rain. READ MORE: The Leeds flood warning siren - Everything you need to know LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

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