Leeds Rhinos assess Kirkstall flooding after Storm Ciara hits

Flood gates installed to protect Leeds Rhinos' Kirkstall training base have done a "pretty good job" according to club chief executive Gary Hetherington.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 12:26 pm
Gary Hetherington. Picture by James Hardisty.

Rhinos' staff faced an anxious wait overnight after the nearby river Aire burst its banks on Sunday following heavy rain caused by Storm Ciara.

Hetherington was among those on site early on Monday and he confirmed there is some flooding".

"It has gone down a bit," he reported.

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"The all-weather pitch has been flooded and is still flooded, but it has not got to the grass pitches.

"There is some flooding to the building, but it's not significant.

"We are still in the process of assessing the situation, but our flood barriers which protect the building have done a pretty good job."

Of the all-weather surface, Hetherington said: "It's not good, half of that was under water this morning.

"All of it was under water yesterday.

"It is too early to assess the full extent, we will have to wait until all the water has disappeared."

Rhinos are preparing for a home game against Hull KR on Friday, after their Betfred Super League round two visit to Huddersfield Giants was postponed.

The players were able to use the gym at Kirkstall on Monday morning, but their fioeld session was switched elsewhere.

The Kirkstall complex was out of action for six months in 2016 following major flooding.