Environment Secretary Liz Truss said rebuilding Tadcaster’s partially-collapsed bridge was a “national priority” as she visited the town.
Large parts of the bridge over the Wharfe dramatically fell into the water on Tuesday, causing a gas leak.
Ms Truss said during the visit that the bridge was in a “terrible state” because of the torrents of water caused by the flooding.
She said: “The town is split in half, and one of the things that I am here to say in Tadcaster is that it is a national priority to get this bridge up and running again.”
The cordon around the gas pipe was lifted today (Dec 30) and residents returned home.