First Figures Emerge of the impact on Local Business - WYLRF latest information
Friday, 8th January, 2016
More than 1800 business have so far reported being seriously affected by the worst floods in 70 years. Local authority teams are continuing to hold meetings and link in with business owners in order to assess the true impact upon their businesses and assist them to begin trading again. The initial financial grants from Government have begun to be distributed, whilst the full costs are being established.
Businesses have been affected across West Yorkshire with Calderdale reporting 1289 business, Leeds 471 and Bradford 50. Several of these business employ more than one hundred people and behind each of these numbers are real people and their livelihoods.
The work to clean up premises and enable businesses to recommence trading is still at an intensive phase with much work to do. Business owners have been applauding the 'Yorkshire Spirit' of the many volunteers who have been giving their time to help them, and local groups are continuing with this vital work.
Local authorities are encouraging owners to work together to provide information about the level of damage, which is being shared with the Ministerial Recovery Group who are continuing to assess the impact on the West Yorkshire region.
ACFO Dave Walton, West Yorkshire Fire Service
Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council
Merran McRae, Calderdale Council
ACC Mark Milsom, West Yorkshire Police
The West Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (WYLRF) is holding regular tasking and co-ordination meetings to provide help during the coming weeks and months and keep the public informed. The WYLRF is made up of the emergency services, all five local authorities and other key partners including the Environment Agency, Health, Northern Powergrid, Yorkshire Water, Armed Forces and Welcome To Yorkshire.
Images of Mytholmroyd Canal (left) and damage at the River (above right)