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Last Updated: Monday, 21 January 2008, 17:30 GMT
Evacuations as flood waters rise
Flooding in Huddersfield
Police closed roads affected by floods in the Huddersfield area
Homes, schools and businesses in Yorkshire are being evacuated after days of heavy rain in the area.

About 70 people had to be rescued from a factory in Silsden, West Yorkshire, when they were trapped by rising water.

About 60 children were evacuated from a nursery in Elland, near Huddersfield. They were moved from the building on Park Road to Brighouse fire station.

Fire crews removed people from 60 flooded homes in the Armitage Bridge area of Huddersfield.

Around 15 houses were evacuated in Brighouse, because of rising floodwater there. The fire brigade said a number of people had gone to a local community centre.

The Environment Agency at one stage issued 12 severe flood warnings for the region, six for West Yorkshire alone.

'Extreme danger'

Three severe flood warnings were issued for Alverthorpe Beck, Wakefield, two for the River Colne in Huddersfield and one for Eller Beck in Skipton.

The Environment Agency said there could be "extreme danger" to life and property in those areas.

Map showing Silsden

The Environment Agency urged people living or working in affected areas to look out for the well-being of neighbours and vulnerable people, not to travel to any flooded areas and, if they had to leave, to take warm clothing.

Train disruption

However, the agency said river levels were expected to be below what they were last June when thousands of homes and businesses across West Yorkshire were damaged by flooding.

Flood warnings were also issued for the River Calder at Hebden Bridge, Mirfield and Ravensthorpe.

And there were severe warnings for rivers around Ripon, Skipton and Thirsk.

Joanne Bradbury Wood, owner of the nursery in Elland, told BBC News that 3ft (0.9m) of water had flooded the ground floor of the building.

She said the staff moved the children to the local fire station so their parents could collect them safely.

She said: "They were excited. I think they thought they were going on a little outing to the fire station."

Aire View Primary School in Silsden was among several which closed early as children and teachers were sent home amid flood warnings.

The centre of Leeds around the Royal Armories and Clarence Dock areas was put on a severe flood warning on Monday afternoon.

Train services were badly disrupted, particularly in the Huddersfield and Mirfield areas, and road traffic was also heavily congested.

Northern Rail said there were no trains operating from Leeds to either York, Harrogate, Bradford, Manchester Victoria, Sheffield or Blackpool North.

Lines were also suspended from Skipton station to Morecambe, Carlisle and Keighley, as well as from Ilkley to Guiseley.

There are fears further flooding is imminent


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