Leeds floods from the air: See full extent of the devastation

Aerial pictures over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, show where the River Aire has burst its banks. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
Aerial pictures over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, show where the River Aire has burst its banks. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
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THESE dramatic pictures whow the full extent of the flooding on the outskirts of Leeds city centre.

Kirkstall Road, near the Vue cinema, was closed to traffic as water deluged the area.

Trains between the city and Skipton and Ilkley were cancelled, and flooding was reported as far out as Weetwood.

Onlooker Lauren Potts tweeted dramatic video of flooding on Kirkstall Road, saying it was “like a river - people gathering to look, they can’t believe what they’re seeing”.

The River Aire at Leeds Crown Point, usually at a height of 0.9 metre had risen to 2.95 metres at 1am on Sunday. Its previous high was 2.45 metres recorded in June 2007.

Other areas affected include Neptune Street, Sovereign Street, Asda House and Canal Wharf including the Brewery.

Aerial pictures over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, show where the River Aire has burst its banks. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Aerial pictures over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, show where the River Aire has burst its banks. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Aerial pictures over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, show where the River Aire has burst its banks. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Aerial pictures over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, show where the River Aire has burst its banks. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Aerial pictures over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, show where the River Aire has burst its banks. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Aerial pictures over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, show where the River Aire has burst its banks. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Aerial pictures over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, show where the River Aire has burst its banks. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Aerial pictures over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, show where the River Aire has burst its banks. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Aerial pictures over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, show where the River Aire has burst its banks. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Aerial pictures over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, show where the River Aire has burst its banks. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

For possible use in the YP From the Archive series.''10th May 1988''THE MIGHTY Mallard, pride of Britain's railway history, puffed into Leeds Station today with a raging thirst.''It was pulling such a heavy load - 12 carriages carrying 250 top Post Office customers and stamp collectors - that it needed extra water supplies at Holbeck.''"The last thing we wanted was the boiler blowing up on Britain's pride and joy," said Mr Philip Round, Post Office Information Officer.''Mallard was making a special run across the Pennines from Manchester Victoria to mark two major anniversaries:

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