Flash floods hit roads and railways during the storm

Heavy rain during a storm led to flash flooding on Bank Holiday Monday in Leeds as drivers abandoned cars and several roads were closed.

A section of Low Lane in Horsforth, between King George Road and St James Drive, has been closed “until further notice” due to a pothole, the council said.

Water was seen pouring onto the tracks at Horsforth station, with a platform wall left damaged.

Flood warnings that were in place have since been lifted.

Leeds City Council said some drivers had abandoned their cars on the A6120 ring road, with the weather closing the route between Weetwood Lane and King Lane.

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for several areas, including Meanwood Beck, Wortley Beck and Oil Mill Beck at Horsforth Woodside.

He said surface water from the storm could affect low spots on roads.

The local authority said a footpath had to close near Horsforth railway station and the Fox and Hound pub due to weather damage.

A Leeds City Council spokesman said: “During Monday afternoon’s storms, parts of Leeds experienced almost a month’s worth of rain in less than three hours and in some places over a period of shorter time.

“Flash flooding occurred across the city, with areas in the north and north-west particularly affected. There are a number of road closures as a result of the flooding while the damage is assessed and repaired, with some bus routes affected. Please check with your service provider before traveling.”

The council said it was working with the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and others to investigate incidents of flooding as they are reported.

Stuart Andrew, Tory MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough, told X: “Just to make sure voters are aware, we’ve raised the flash floods we’re seeing in Horsforth with Leeds City Council to make sure they do everything to prepare for the consequences.

“If you need help, please let me know, but please be safe at this time.”

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