The Flooding Aire

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Postby biggee99 » Fri 28 Jan, 2011 7:10 pm

From the wykebeck to the bottom of Halton Moor then the beck is piped up at Halton Moor road where the Auctions are, this is why the Dunhill's floods and the fields at Halton Moor the beck ends up at a funnel point. Now they was a court case some years ago where a man took Yorkshire water to court saying he dose not get his water from the tap he gets it from the sky so docent think he should pay water rates. the Judge said yorkshire water owns the water from the sky. so when it floods why can't you get compensation from yorkshire water who own and control the water
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Postby Cardiarms » Fri 28 Jan, 2011 7:50 pm

Because Yorkshire Water don't own and control the water, including the rain from the sky. You pay rates if you're connected to the water supply, even if you choose not to use it, in which case get a meter. YW is responsible for flooding due to blocked or overloaded sewers. YW is not responsible for flooding from watercourse, becks, rivers or the sea. They are not owned, managed or maintained by Yorkshire Water.

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Postby chameleon » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 7:00 pm

And now:

'The Environment Agency has stressed there will be no increased flood risk as funding was available for the maintenance of existing defences'

Which surely begs the question once more of if the proposed creeeping monster of new defences was needed.....
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Postby Leeds Hippo » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 9:02 pm

Interesting mentions flooding in 1775, 1795 and 1866

From The Yorkshire Annals

A very high flood occurred in the river Aire
on the 21st of October, this year. "Water-lane, together
with all the other streets and lanes near the Leeds Bridge,
were rendered impassable to anything but boats. The
bridges of Calverley and Swillington, above and below
Leeds, were destroyed, and a singular circumstance is
related of a hare, which escaped alive on the body of a
drowned sheep. The height to which the water rose is
preserved by a notice at the end of Water-lane, entering
from the bridge, thus :—".1775, October 21st, "Flood
"under which is a line showing that the water rose seven
feet above the crown of the paving

On the 9th of February, the river Aire,
which had been frozen for a considerable time? exhibited a
most appalling scene occasioned by a rapid thaw and
heavy rain, which "broke up the ice and swelled the river
so as to inundate all the lower streets in Leeds, where
incalculable mischief was done by the foaming torrent and
the immense blocks of floating ice, which carried away
cloth and tenters from the fields, threw down walls, dyehouses,
and several dwelling-houses, and greatly injured
the bridge, across one of the arches of which, a boat was
forced on its broad side, and at length broken to pieces by
& vast accumulation of ice and water, which, if the vessel
had not given way, would have soon overthrown the
bridge itself, as was feared by the anxious spectators of
this destructive flood, which drowned three men in Hunslet
Dam, and floated down the river, horses, carts, timber,
furniture, in rapid succession

Wonder where Hunslet Dam was?

(Sorry about the English - does not copy and paste very well)
16th. Friday. The continuous heavy rains at this time in Yorkshire
and Lancashire caused the most disastrous floods which had occurred
for a great number of years. In Leeds, the Aire and thelarger becks
overflowed, inundating the lower parts of the town, and doing great
damage to property of all descriptions. At the junction o£ Hunslet
Lane and Meadow Lane the water was about two feet deep. There
was a great overflow at the Waterloo Ford, near to the Wellington
Station, after passing which the stream flooded the works connected
with the new station, carried away the foot bridge beyond the railway
arches, and rose half way up Sandford Street. It swept with
great force through the School Close Bridge into the Bang's Mill
dam, carrying with it large pieces of wood and othe • materials. An
accident of a serious nature, no doubt in great part attributable to
the flood, occurred at one of the buildings erected by the side of the
dam, a large cliimney connected with the corn mill occupied by the
executors of the late Mr. Edward Hudson, suddenly falling. The
cope stone, a huge piece of masonry, was projected across the dam,
and striking the roof of one of the buildings in School Close, completely
demolished it. The building was at the time occupied by
the wife and son of Mr. Thompson, one of the contractors for the
new railway works. They were both buried in the ruins of the
house, ard when rescued were conveyed to the Infirmary. The son's
injuries were found to be of a very slight nature, but Mrs. Thompson
was suffering from a fracture of the right arm and from concussion
of the brain. An empty barge was swept a^\ay from Howard's
wharf. The barge dashed against another partially laden with coals ;
the first was broken to pieces and sank, and the other was carried
down with great force until brought to a stop by the abutments of
the Leeds Bridge, where part of it remained fixed, considerably
obstructing the current, and causing the river to rush with territic
speed through the other arches. A landing stage at this point wa*
washed away on the following morning, precipitating about twenty
persons into the flood, several of whom were drowned, namely, Emily
Longbottom, aged 15, daughter of Samuel Longbottom, engineiuan,
Woodhouse Hill, Hunslet; Anna Maria Oldroyd, aged 14, daughter
of Edward Oldroyd, Underground-viewer, Newhall Colliery, Middleton
i Eliza Booth, aged 16, daughter of Wm, Booth, Belle Isle, Middleton
; Elizabeth Anding, aged 16, who resided with her parents at
Woodhouse Hill, Htmslet; Ann Maria Nairn, aged 11, daughter of
Michael Nairn, Orange Court, Marsh Lane ; Wm. Ellis, aged 30,
cloth dresser, Beeston Hill. Overflowing the bridge at the King's-
Mills, the water ran down Swinegate and poured into the mills, completely
flooding the lower flat. Tliis result, however, had been
foreseen and proper precautions taken by the removal of all perishable
articles to a safer part of the building. The flood on the banks
at Leeds Bridge found a ready means of rushing into Meadow Lane
and Water Lane by means of the archways communicating between
the river and Bridge End. In Lower "Water Lane the water penetrated
as far as Mr. Green's machine works, close to the Quaker's
Meeting* House; in the tipper part of the lane it reached from
Water Hall to Marshall Street, Holbeck ; whilst Meadow Lane was
covered to Christ's Church, Dock Street was impassable, and in
Hmislet Lane the flood extended to the Theatre BoyaL Timble
Beck flooded Marsh Lane and bottom of Kirkgate, rising to Church
Lane in Kirkgate, and Mill Street in Marsh Lane. Great damage
was done to shop property in this neighbourhood, and the cellar
dwellings in Duke Street were completely flooded, the occupants
finding a temporary home with some of their more fortunate neighbinu*
s. The residents in low-lying dwellings in East Street were in
considerable danger, and the removal of those who wished bo quit
their insecure tenements were taken charge of by the chief-constable,
Mr, Weatherall, and Mr. Superintendent Senior, who obtained a
boat and rendered the greatest assistance to those who stood in need
of it. The water entered the lower part of the Parish Church burial
ground, but not in sufficient quantity to do much damage. The
roads and fields in the neighbourhood of Sheepscar Bar ; of Knostrop;
and of Thorpe Hall Pastures, were covered to the depth of
several feet. In the course of the evening, a man in attempting
to proceed along Hunslet Lane narrowly escaped drowning. He
and two others, anxious to reach home, thought they might wade
the thoroughfare, along which the flood waters ran furiously. Two
of them, however, finding the current too strong, retraced their
steps, but the third man was carried away and thrown on his back
by the stream. The occupants of the houses called out to the
bystanders near the bridge, and a man named George Laverack
made the best of Ms way to Ms assistance. The waters, however,
were too strong to enable either of them to make any progress with
safety, and it was only by the aid of a veMcle, which came up at the
time, that the two men were rescued from their perilous position.
In Kirkstall Road, the flood rose to a great height, persons
who travelled over it in cabs having to undergo the unpleasant
ordeal of riding with the water at some parts as high as the
seats of their conveyances, 'Whitham's Forge, Kirkstall Road, was
completely flooded, all work was suspended, and the horses had to
be removed from the stables • while the foot bridge, a strong wooden
erection, adjoining Cardigan Fields, and connecting Buiiey with
Armley, was swept away. At Kirkstall, a culvert burst at the top of
the bank, and the water rushed down the declivity, inundating the
ower parts of the houses in its course, and necessitating the tenants
seeking some securer abode. The scene at the Railway Station at
Kirkstall baffles description. The river, which flows by the side of
it, burst all its boundaries, and embracing the whole of the tramway
ift Its folds, flowed on free and unfettered, leaving no distinction
between its natural and its adopted course than here an overturned
porter's box, and there the i*emains of what had served to give the
passenger's accommodation, whilst waiting for the trains. The
water flowed along in a deep, rapid stream as far as the eye could
reach, whilst the fields in the vicinity were at one time flooded
as high as five or six feet, the lines being under water to the depth of
more than three feet. The ground in which the Abbey stands
shared the same fate as its neighbours, but fortunately the flood did
not reach the fine old ruin itself. Of course, it was absolutely impossible
for trains in the latter part of the day to reach the station ;
they had to be stopped some distance from it, and the passengers
were left to find their way as best they could to Leeds, The bridge
at Kirkstall Forge was completely undermined. The bridge on the
branch line leading to the Forge also suffered such injuries as to
render it entirely useless. A huge boiler, swept from the chemical.
works of Messrs. Tunstall, was hurled against it, altogether destroying
its supports. At the forgo itself an immense amount of damage
was done, the water having extinguished the furnaces, and covered
the entire works to the extent of several feet. The offices were
flooded, and one end of a small weigh-house was carried away
by the accumulation of material. The water played the most
fantastic tricks in the works, removing heavy masses of iron
to all imaginable spots, and floating in their place tar barrels,
planks of wood, and other articles from the adjoining premises.
Above Kirkstall Forge the valley was covered with water, and but
for the devastation caused by such an inundation the scene was exceedingly
picturesque in the moonlight. At the chemical works
occupied by Mr. Tunstall, the flood, which had risen with great
rapidity, swept everything moveable before it, and the family had
to make a hurried escape, Mr. Tunstall, who was suffering from illness,
being taken out of the chamber window. Two or thi'ee large
tubular boilers, used for storing tar, wTere swept into the river, and
one was carried with great force against the buttresses of the railway
bridge leading to Kirkstall Forge. The glue works, occupied
by Messrs. Clarke and Thackray, a short distance above, were surrounded
with water during the afternoon, and the workmen remained
prisoners until the subsidence of the river on the following day.
At Newlay, several stacks of corn belonging to Mr. Young were
carried away, and the cottages on the north side of the river, as well
as a portion of the works of Messrs. Haigh and Billington, dyers, were
flooded. The Midland Railway Company suffered considerably from
the flood. About one o'clock there was a slight slip on the line
near Guiseley, but a more serious accident took place shortly
afterwards near Apperley, where a viaduct gave way. The
line on leaving Apperley Station passes through a short cutting,
and was carried thence by a viaduct across the valley,
which opens out here into a broad flat of land, through the
centre of which flows the Aire, before reaching Apperley Bridge.
This viaduct was a substantial one, of ten or twelve arches, and
rising a considerable height above the river. It was built of stone,
and not only had every appearance of strength, but it had carried
for many year© not fewer than two hundred trains a day, including
heavy mineral and goods trains. The current rapidly undermined
the foundations of the buttresses, and during this afternoon it became
evident that the viaduct was no longer secure, and at length signs
that it was giving way having shown themselves, the officials on the
spot resolved to stop the passage of any trains across it. About a
quarter-past five, however, when the storm of rain was at its height,
and when the Aire was poiiring through the valley and underneath
the arches of the viaduct with a violence which had never been witnessed
before by those upon the spot, a heavy goods train, travelling
from Bradford to Leeds, made its appearance at the west end of the
viaduct, and before it copld be stopped had advanced a considerable
distance upon it. The signalmen at the end near Apperley, and the
Apperley station-master, immediately ran forward and succeeded in
stopping the train. Then it became but too evident that the train
could neither advance nor retreat, for the viaduct began almost immediately
to sink. The engine-driver, stoker, and guard of the
train, leapt oft', and ran for their lives across the falling viaduct,
reaching the embankment afc the western end in safety, but not
having a minute to spare. The signalman and station-master, who
in the discharge of their duty had placed themselves in such peril,
also retreated as rapidly as they could to the opposite embankment.
Scarcely had they done so when, with a tremendous crash, tha
entire viaduct fell into the stream, the train that had been standing
on the arches being buried in the ruins. For a moment the enormous
mass of masonry, as it lay across the channel, completely
stopped the progress of the torrent; but it was only for a moment,
and directly afterwards the river was leaping over this barrier of its
own cheating, and was again tearing down the valley in its mad
career. Soon the van and waggons of the train were torn from the
midst of the ruins, and floated down the stream, turning up
in shattered fragments at various places lower down the river. The
engine and tender were firmly fixed in the ruins and remained
immovable. There was fortunately no further injury to the
line either up to Shipley, Bradford, or Slripton, except some slight
displacement near Steeton. On the North-Eastern line a slight
stoppage took place, and Bramhope tunnel was flooded, bxit no
serious accidents occurred, though the trains were late. At Skipton
the flood burst a branch canal leading up to Skipton rock, carried
away a small bridge, and did other damage

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Postby railnut » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 12:20 pm

Nice reading Hippo, whish I'd been around with my note book at Apperley Bridge to see those 200 trains a day!
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Postby chameleon » Wed 23 Mar, 2011 7:05 pm

Copied here to keep the story together -

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This From the YEP today,
10 mil down from 190 . Must be a discount for cash somewhere. Seems quite a new idea civil engineering wise. Can't help linking it with other blow up device's /aids.

Cheers Yorkie

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Postby dave_f » Wed 23 Mar, 2011 8:58 pm

An interesting idea to install an "inflatable weir", but I can't help but wonder if it will simply push the problem further downstream (as indeed would most defences for Leeds)?

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Postby Dave.s » Sun 02 Oct, 2011 10:56 pm

I took some pictures of the wyke beck this morning, they have finally started some major work.
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Postby Dave.s » Sun 02 Oct, 2011 11:04 pm

here's a pic from the other end, its on cartmel drive opposite corpus christies.
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