REVEALED: The 'Gelderd Road Canoeist' uncovered as video emerges of him surfing down Leeds floods

Meet Tony Hargreaves - the 'Gelderd Road Canoeist' who defied Storm Ciara to surf down the floods.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 4:15 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th February 2020, 4:17 pm

Tony, 45, said he had got the dinghy out to 'brighten up' his Sunday afternoon during the floods.

Video footage shows Tony - who works for T&J Hargreaves and sons - running onto the flooded Gelderd Road before jumping in the dinghy and rowing down the floods.

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

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

"No need to ring 999."

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.