Reports of Leeds residents 'canoeing' and 'surfing' down Gelderd Road floods during Storm Ciara

Police have received reports of Leeds residents 'canoeing' and 'surfing' down Gelderd Road in Leeds.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 2:31 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th February 2020, 2:32 pm
cc Leeann Lally

In a tweet, West Yorkshire Police said: "We are aware that Geldard Road in #Leeds is flooded.

"We are also aware of the male with his self made dinghy having a little paddle.

"No need to ring 999."

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A photograph taken by Leeann Lally appeared to show a number of people in dinghies.

She said: "The road was totally flooded with cars stuck in water.

"One guy was on a rubber dinghy."

The Met Office said Storm Ciara will bring a spell of very strong winds on Sunday.

Flying debris could lead to Injuries or danger to life, the forecast said.

Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs is expected.

Commuters should expect longer journey times and cancellations, as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected.

Some roads and bridges will be closed - with the possibility of the Humber Bridge being closed for the first time ever.

Power cuts with the potential to affect other services will also hit mobile phone coverage.

Injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties are all issues to be aware of, The Met Office stated.

Disruption to travel is also likely during Sunday.