People 'let down' by goverment says Calderdale leader
While efforts to prepare the Calderdale area against flooding have been praised, council leader Tim Swift said people had been let down by the government.
"There are some real challenges here, but we have been hit by austerity which makes it much harder for us as a council to repsond and although there is money available for flood defences, it's hard to get these schemes completed quickly."
He added: "The thing that frustrates me the most is that this is the third serious storm we've had in eight years - the first bad flooding being in 2012 and there was really no progress then on the government making money available into flood defences.
"It was only after the devatsting floods on Boxing Day, so I feel to some extent the Environment Agency has been running to catch-up since then.
The Labour councillor said the government needed to recognise that more work needed to be done on tree planting and management of the land to slow the flow of water in periods of intense rainfall.
'Rivers coping' says expert
It's been a wet and stormy night for much of West and North Yorkshire.
Thee has been lots of focus on the Calder Valley and parts of North Yorkshire struck by Storm Ciara last week.
Those spots are already saturated by water.
However, the latest picture shows that many rivers are currently handling the water running through them.
The River Calder at Mytholmroyd, which was the focus on attention yesterday with the Army involved in helping defend the area from flooding, looks like this at the moment:
It's currently at 2.77m but data above shows it falling - that is subject to change.
Look North climate correspondent Paul Hudson has tweeted this:
The Environment Agency says it hopes flooding in West Yorkshire won't be as bad as last weekend, but is warning people not to become complacent about any potential flooding as a result of Storm Dennis.
But the Environment Agency's Thomasin Meadley says: "We're watching closely the River Aire and Calder and Wharfe catchment, where peaks are expected between 04:30 and 06:00 on Sunday morning.
"We're hopeful it's not going to be as bad as last weekend, but people should still keep an eye on flood warnings and listen to BBC local radio and definitely shouldn't rest on their laurels."
Appeal to only travel if 'absolutely necessary'
People in parts of West Yorkshire are being warned to only travel if "absolutely necessary".
Robin Tuddenham, from the West Yorkshire Resilience Forum, which coordinates the response to flood situations, says he's worried about the impact on the Calder Valley given the impact of Storm Ciara last weekend.
Mr Tuddenham says: "We're seeing very high levels of rainfall on saturated ground and we need people to be vigilant, and really think about whether they need to travel."
The Environment Agency is currently predicting river levels in West Yorkshire will reach their peak on Sunday morning.
Businesses preparing for second storm in a week
Small business owners say they are "anxious, worried and scared" as they wait to see what impact Storm Dennis will have.
Severe weather warnings are in place for much of the country and forecasters say a month's worth of rain could fall in some places.
In Mytholmroyd, where they are still reeling from the floods brought by Storm Ciara last weekend, business owners are preparing themselves for yet more bad weather.
Lisa Thwaites, who runs the Blue Teapot Cafe said: "I'm terrified. We've cleared the cafe out now but the thought that I might have to come in on Monday morning and do all this again is terrifying."
At a nearby beauty salon Rebecca Haigh said: "We're anxious, worried, scared. You don't sleep, it's just awful. It's like somebody has kicked you in the guts every time it happens.
"I've done three floods and I do not know if I want to do a fourth."
Army stood down after helping shore up flood defences
More than 140 soldiers who have been helping to build flood defences across West Yorkshire have been stood down, Calderdale Council says.
A deployment of 75 soldiers from the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, and a further 70 reservists from the 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, were drafted in to help.
As Storm Dennis arrives in Yorkshire here's what to expect from today's weather:
Watch: Soldiers preparing flood defences in West Yorkshire
The Army is out helping officials with flood relief efforts in West Yorkshire.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) says more than 70 members of 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland arrived earlier today to help construct barriers and repair flood defences in Ilkley and Calderdale.
Another 70 reservists from 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, will provide support where required.
Soldiers have already begun distributing sandbags in Mytholmroyd.
Storm Dennis: Flood defences being put in place
Preparations have been taking place to protect Yorkshire from the impending Storm Dennis.
The Environment Agency has warned flooding is likely to be worse this weekend as already saturated ground is met with a "perfect storm" of heavy rain, strong winds and melting snow.
In York (above) emergency workers having been busy putting barricades in place around the River Ouse while soldiers form the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, have been erecting flood barricades in Ilkley (below).
Storm Dennis in Yorkshire: Five flood warnings in place
There are currently five flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency in Yorkshire as the county prepares for Storm Dennis.
A flood warning means flooding is expected and immediate action is required.
The warnings are in place at the following locations:
We'll bring you live coverage for the rest of the day as the situation develops.
Storm Dennis: Rain and wind set to bring travel disruption
Disruption to transport is expected as heavy rain and strong winds are set to batter the UK for a second consecutive weekend.
Network Rail advised passengers to expect disruption on many routes due to flooding and allow more time for their journeys.
Passenger director Jake Kelly said: "Storm Ciara dumped a month-and-a-half of rain on us last weekend, leaving ground waterlogged and rivers swollen.
"We had a lot of flooding in the North West and a lot of it disrupted the railway, for example at Todmorden and Caldew near Carlisle.
"With Storm Dennis set to bring more high winds and further rainfall this Saturday and Sunday, we're preparing for more of the same."
Meanwhile the AA is urging motorists to take extra care.
Patrolman Ben Sheridan said: "The forecast looks bleak across the UK with warnings for wind and heavy rain which will significantly reduce visibility on the roads.
"For those who are braving the storm, drivers should make sure they account for the conditions. Slow down, allow for greater stopping distances and watch out for potential hazards."
Storm Dennis: Power suppliers 'ready' for disruption
Electricity supplier Northern Powergrid says it has taken steps to prepare for the heavy rain and wind forecast to hit the region this weekend.
Storm Dennis is expected to bring heavy rain and winds of up to 70mph across parts of Yorkshire.
Rod Gardner, from Northern Powergrid, said: “We have teams of extra engineers ready to monitor any flooding impacts,
restore power and carry out repairs if there is damage to our network as a
result of the severe weather conditions expected.
access equipment and fleet of 4x4 vehicles are ready to assist should the
forecast rain make travel and site access difficult.
"We also have teams of
arborists on standby to help with any fallen trees that may damage our network
or need to be removed to enable repairs."
Storm Dennis: Train company asks people not to travel
People planning to use train services in parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire over the weekend are being asked not to travel as the country braces itself for Storm Dennis.
Operator London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is asking passengers to defer their travel until Monday, with disruption expected.
High winds and heavy rain are forecast for much of the region over the next two days.
Speed restrictions could be imposed, LNER said, with reduced services being operated.
Warrick Dent, from LNER, said: “We are encouraging our customers with tickets dated for Saturday 15 February or Sunday 16 February to defer travel to Monday 17 February, where possible.
“We expect services to be extremely busy throughout the weekend and will have extra staff on duty to help.”
Watch: Storm Dennis to bring rain and winds of up to 70mph