Picture special: How Yorkshire battled the Boxing Day floods

They were the worst floods seen in a generation, and the rising waters have caused utter devastation across our wonderful county.

Wednesday, 30th December 2015, 7:52 pm
Flood water in the city of York as York Minster is seen in the distance, following the weekend's flooding. (Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

Homes have been destroyed, businesses threatened and livelihoods put in danger. The cost of repairs is likely to be millions of pounds, and the time to recover could yet be years.

To put some scale on what our Yorkshire people have had to put up with, we have put together some of the most dramatic images of the past few days... both shocking, stunning and depressing, they put into perspective what hit us on Boxing Day 2015.


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Members of the Army and rescue teams help evacuate people from flooded properties after they became trapped by rising floodwater when the River Ouse bursts its banks in York city centre. (John Giles/PA Wire)
Emergency services by the bridge in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, which has collapsed following recent flooding. (Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire)
A Christmas tree on the roof of a shop in Tadcaster, stands above the flooded streets of the town after the River Wharfe broke its banks. John Giles/PA Wire
Boxing day flood in Hebden Bridge. Lloyds Bank an island in Albert Street.
Aerial picture of flooded Tadcaster, before its bridge collapsed on Tuesday. (PHOTO: Glen Minikin/Ross Parry Agency)
A flooded cafe next to the river Nidd in Knaresborough.
The Boxing Day race meeting at Wetherby Racecourse was cancelled due to flooding.
Flooding in Hebden Bridge
Boxing day flood in Hebden Bridge. New Road under water on a day when floods caused chaos across the north of the country.
Car and pedestrian make wsy through floodwater on Kirkstall Road in Leeds after the River Aire burst its banks. (Picture Tony Johnson)
Tadcaster Bridge. (Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross)