High winds force Leeds Bridgewater Place closure

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HIGH WINDS buffeting Leeds have today (Dec 30) forced the closure of Bridgewater Place and another city centre road.

The temporary measure at Bridgewater Place, which saw the area closed off today from noon to 4pm, came after wind speeds reached a high level – prompting Leeds City Council bosses to close the road. Advice to motorists was issued on electronic matrix signs.

Elsewhere in Leeds, a section of Eastgate was closed after police were called to reports of asphalt hanging off a building due to strong winds at around 3pm.

Fire officers were called to the scene to make the building safe and Eastgate was closed for around half an hour before Union Street, which runs parallel, was closed to give firefighters access to the building. Nobody was injured by the loose asphalt.

Forecasters have warned that more storms are expected to cause disruption over the coming days.

The latest severe weather will push in from the Atlantic, crossing the UK from west to east, and it is feared there could be flooding in the south of England.

In Leeds winds of up to 27mph are expected along with some heavy rain today around noon today, while gusts of up to 42mph and more heavy rain are predicted for New Year’s Day.

The council’s recent decisions to close the routes around Bridgewater Place in high winds have been based on a recommendation made by coroner Melanie Williamson.

She made the recommendation when recording a narrative verdict into the death of Edward Slaney, who was crushed when a lorry was blown on top of him during high winds at the junction in 2011.

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