Readers react to Storm Ciara after Leeds was battered over the weekend

Storm Ciara hit Leeds at the weekend, with people experiencing power cuts, flooding and travel issues due to fallen trees and flooded roads and rail routes.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 5:00 pm

A Second World War era siren sounded as the flood warning hit red alert and the cinema and restaurants at Kirkstall Cardigan Fields were evacuated due to expected flooding. Here's what readers had to say:

Mick Lucani said: "Why are people going out ...why is the place (Cardigan Fields) open anyway? What about the staff being forced to venture out? So selfish, so greedy. Shame on all of you.

Tonij de Mulder said: "Severe weather warning: Stay indoors unless absolutely essential. People: cinema and Nando’s in the Valley bottom."

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Storm Ciara hit Leeds over the weekend

John Keith said: "Old enough to remember when the planning app went in for this and there were dire warnings about floods with over development..."

What next? See our overnight hour by hour snow and flood forecast for Leeds in the wake of Storm CiaraKevin Blueman said: "Warnings have been out for days this weather was coming, yet people still ignore advice to stay in unless essential. Kirkstall Road has had its major flooding issues and yet foolish people still think they are invincible and put themselves in harms way. Bad weather is one thing, stupid people are another!"

Matthew Sorrell added: "You’d think they’d have warned people not to go out unless absolutely necessary? Oh wait... they did."

Dianne Keegan said: "Anybody would think they have never had wind and rain before."

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Eric G Howgate said: "Amazing, a bit of wind and water and panic sets in. Boy scout’s motto be prepared. Try living in the Philippines during a super typhoon when villages are washed away, cars flooded upto the roof, trees blown down everywhere, volcanic eruptions. Yet the people get on with their lives and accept the weather."

Peter Wilkie said: "30km jog around Leeds in #StormCiara today. Highlight - 30s long clap of thunder reverberating through me. #nature Most challenging - storm driven hail in eyes. Saddest - seeing families beside Meanwood Beck watch anxiously as the water rose into their houses. #helpless."