Leeds bars and restaurants prepared for more flooding in Storm Dennis onslaught

Leeds bars and restaurants have spoken of their fears of being flooded again as Storm Dennis makes its way to Leeds.
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Heavy wind and rain is set to batter the city, just one week after Storm Ciara brought the city to the verge of flooding.

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Storm Ciara provided the biggest test to date of defences designed to protect Leeds businesses and homes, with the River Aire reaching its highest levels since the Storm Eva floods of Christmas 2015.

Flood preparations in Leeds.Flood preparations in Leeds.
Flood preparations in Leeds.
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Ahead of Storm Dennis, bar owner Chris Howard said staff were going back to the familiar sandbags method.

"We are just putting into action the flood plan we have been using for the last 15 years," Mr Howard told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"We're moving furniture, stock and other expense items out of the way of the water. When we lose that stuff it prevents us from trading.

Chris Howard in Aire Bar after Storm Ciara.Chris Howard in Aire Bar after Storm Ciara.
Chris Howard in Aire Bar after Storm Ciara.
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"It's quite shocking given how much money's been spent. We didn't think we'd have to be doing this again given the level of investment - but it's clearly not enough, or it has not been effective enough.

"It's pretty disappointing given how many assurances we had that this would never happen again.

"Now we are just hoping for the best. It's like the adrenaline get when you're coming to the top of a big roller coaster, knowing what's coming on the other side."

Sheesh Mahal owner Azram Chaudhry.Sheesh Mahal owner Azram Chaudhry.
Sheesh Mahal owner Azram Chaudhry.
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It's a call echoed by Kirkstall Road curry house owner Azram Chaudhry.

An old building, it is the restaurant's basement which is vulnerable to flooding from overflowing drains, with sandbags providing little protection.

"We are still living in fear every time it rains," he said. "We are just praying that it passes peacefully and safely."

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The businessman been overwhelmed by goodwill messages from customers and friends concerned for him, but Mr Chaudhry added: "People volunteer to help, but I would like the Government to do something about it.

"My heart pumps faster and faster ever time it rains.

"More needs to be done - they are spending billions on HS2.

"If flooding happens again, I will be devastated."