Leeds & West Yorkshire

River Aire clear-up in Leeds after December floods

Volunteers cleaned up the stretch of River Aire from the Royal Armouries to Knostrop Quay
Image caption Volunteers have been clearing the stretch of the River Aire from the Royal Armouries to Knostrop Quay

Rubbish and debris left by December's floods is being cleared from a river in Leeds.

Volunteers have been tackling a stretch of the River Aire from the Royal Armouries to Knostrop Quay.

Jon Horsfall, from the Canal and River Trust who is co-ordinating the work along with Groundwork, said the debris gave "a really poor impression of the city".

He added that the litter left on trees could also cause problems for wildlife.

Image caption Members of local canoe clubs have also been helping

Storm Eva damaged 2,683 residential buildings and 672 commercial properties, as well as churches and the Leeds Rhinos' training base.

"The scale of the problem is massive," Mr Horsfall said.

"Local organisations, big and small, are pulling together to get things sorted. It shows great determination and a real sense of pride in our city."

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Image caption Volunteers cleared the river at Todmorden at a previous clean-up day
Image caption Kirkstall in Leeds city centre was badly hit by floods

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