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Summary

  1. Clean-up operation continues after parts of north of England hit by flooding
  2. Storm Frank due from Tuesday evening, with Cumbria and south and central Scotland most at risk
  3. Bridge in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, partially collapses after flooding
  4. Four severe 'risk to life' flood warnings remain in place in England and Wales
  5. Floods minister visits York to see devastation caused in city
  6. Updates on Tuesday 29 December

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By Emma Stanley, Tom Airey, Nick Wilmshurst and Helen Carter Bennicke

All times stated are UK

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Our live north of England flooding coverage across the day

That's all for now from our live coverage of the flooding aftermath across the north of England on Tuesday 29 December 2015.

Join us again on Wednesday as we bring you up-to-date news, views, travel and weather updates from those areas worst-hit.

North of England flooding: What we know now

As the clean-up operation continues following severe flooding in the north of England over Christmas and as the region braces for more heavy rain, here are today's key points:

  • Four severe flood warnings remain in place in England and Wales
  • Storm Frank is due later, with Cumbria and south and central Scotland most at risk
  • Flood minister Rory Stewart warns of "very bad situation" as fresh storm approaches
  • Tadcaster Bridge in North Yorkshire partially collapses in flooding aftermath
  • Foss river barrier in York now closed and some pumps working again

In pictures: Extent of flooding in North Yorkshire caught on camera

A tweet from electricity supplier Northern Powergrid shows the extent of flooding in part of North Yorkshire from the air.

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Calder Valley flooding: The clean up continues in Hebden Bridge

This was the scene in Market Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, today as business owners continued to count the cost of the flooding.

Advice and free food for Salford flood residents

Watch: Area of Tadcaster town centre cordoned off after bridge collapse

Police have sealed off the road towards Tadcaster Bridge in North Yorkshire after a section of it fell into the River Wharfe earlier this evening.

Elland Bridge 'closed for foreseeable future' after flood

James Vincent

Reporter BBC Look North

Engineers have been working on Elland Bridge in Calderdale all day since it partially collapsed in the early hours of this morning. 

The council says it will be a big job to repair it.

Flood damage
BBC

At least one barge is still wedged against the bridge and several are now stranded on the towpath after the high water receded.

Because of where the bridge is, Calderdale Council says it will be difficult to provide a diversion.

The bridge has been closed to pedestrians and vehicles, and will continue to be closed for the foreseeable future."

Councillor Tim SwiftLeader, Calderdale Council

Radcliffe Church in Greater Manchester damaged by floods

On BBC North West Tonight, we'll be reporting from St Mary's Church in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, which has been really badly damaged by flood water. Find out more from 18:30 on BBC One.

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North Yorkshire floodwater skier identified

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

We've tracked down the water skier who was caught on camera, skiing through the flood water near Selby.

Water skier
BBC

He’s David Platt, from Selby, and he told us that he's a member of the White Cross Ski Club in Cawood.

He currently training to try and make the GB team for barefoot skiing and was out practising with his friend Robert Crew when caught on camera.

He's also a volunteer for the York Rescue Boat - but hasn't been part of their efforts to help with the recent floods as he doesn't yet have the required training for it.

December timeline: Flooding in the north of England

With the flooding clean-up continuing across northern England, but with Storm Frank looming out in the Atlantic, here's a look back at events so far:  

5 December: Storm Desmond brings more than a month's rain to parts of Cumbria, leading to flooding in Carlisle and other areas

12 December: River levels remain high and more than 70 flood warnings are issued amid more heavy rain

22 December: Communities in Cumbria flood again - some for the third time in less than a month

25 December: More than 100 flood alerts and warnings are issued across England and Wales as Storm Eva takes hold and brings torrential rain

26 December: Residents in West Yorkshire and Lancashire are evacuated from their homes and flooding hits Leeds, Greater Manchester and York

27 December: Police in York advise hundreds of people to evacuate their homes as 24 severe flood warnings remain in place in the north-east of England

Calder Valley flooding: Biker groups offer help theft crackdown

Motorcycle clubs have offered to help police in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, to stop thieves taking advantage of flood-hit businesses and homes. 

The Cycle Factory, a Todmorden bike shop which was flooded, has had a number of bikes stolen. Meanwhile, West Yorkshire Police say they've have received reports of people stealing items left outside people's homes to dry or to throw away in Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

The force says patrols aimed at reassuring flood victims have been carried out by police and army personnel.

Muslim volunteers help clean up in flood-hit Salford

Train journey shows extent of flooding in part of north of England

Matthew Price

BBC correspondent

Flooding aftermath: Chinook lifting sandbags in Croston, Lancashire

Three severe flood warnings for Croston, Lancashire

Three severe 'risk to life' flood warnings remain in place for Croston in Lancashire, according to the Environment Agency.

Severe flood warnings
Environment Agency

One severe flood warning remains in North Yorkshire

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A quick look at the environment agency's website shows that there's now just one severe 'risk to life' flood warnings in North Yorkshire - on the River Wharfe at Tadcaster.

River levels in the county are falling while the clear-up operation continues.

As more rain is forecast, we're being advised to keep an eye on Environment Agency updates for the latest information.

Watch: Flood-hit Tadcaster bridge collapse caught on camera

Thanks to Sarah Topping for this dramatic video of the collapse of Tadcaster Bridge in North Yorkshire which happened a short time ago.

The bridge has been closed to traffic and pedestrians since it became unstable after floods in the town on Boxing Day.

Cumbria and Yorkshire warned to 'prepare for further flooding'

The Environment Agency (EA) is warning people living in Cumbria and Yorkshire to prepare for further significant flooding from tomorrow.

Heavy rain is expected in the north of England overnight and tomorrow, with the ground still saturated and river levels at record highs.

The EA warns there could be further significant flooding, especially in Cumbria.  

The weather continues to be hugely challenging, with more rain threatening to cause further flooding in Cumbria and Yorkshire on Wednesday and through to Friday. We urge communities to prepare and not to walk or drive through flood water."

Craig WoolhouseEnvironment Agency

Watch: Bags of sand being dropped in Croston, Lancashire

Thousands of homes flooded as river levels at 'all-time' highs

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria reporter

The Environment Agency says 6,700 homes across the north of England have been flooded in the past week as river levels have reached all-time highs.

Lancashire and Cumbria hospital phones remain affected by floods

Helen Carter

Reporter, BBC News Online

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals' telephone system in North Lancashire and South Cumbria is still affected by floods, limiting its ability to receive incoming calls.

BT has put in place measures which allow the sites to receive calls – at a reduced capacity.

Outgoing calls and internal calls are not affected by the fault.    

Tadcaster bridge collapse: Dramatic scenes

Ben Ando

BBC News

Dramatic scenes in Tadcaster as the bridge here has collapsed following the recent floods. There had been fears about the bridge which has been closed to traffic and pedestrians since the flooding on Boxing Day.

During today, it's clear the bridge was looking "iffy" and a short time ago suddenly it collapsed at its eastern edge.

There are concerns the collapse may have severed gas mains so for now we've been evacuated about 150m up Bridge Street.

BreakingFlood aftermath: Tadcaster Bridge in North Yorkshire collapses

Ben Ando

BBC News

Tadcaster Bridge in North Yorkshire has collapsed. 

The area has been evacuated due to concerns that a gas pipe has ruptured.

Watch: The aftermath of the Calder Valley floods

In the Calder Valley, an appeal to raise funds for those affected by the flooding has already raised £115,000. 

More than 2,000 homes and businesses have been affected in the area. 

BBC Look North's James Vincent has been to Brighouse to see the effect of the flooding.

Merseyside rescue boat deployed to Cumbria

A rescue boat from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has been deployed to Cumbria in readiness for Storm Frank.

The boat is in addition to locally-provided flood response resources provided by the Fire and Rescue Service.

Leeds West MP praises Kirkstall Road flood clean-up effort

The Labour MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves, says the response to flooding on Kirkstall Road in the city has been amazing.

Work is still under way to clear debris from homes and businesses in the area. 

She's been speaking to BBC Radio Leeds' Russell Walker.

Electricity supplies in the North West: Latest post-flooding update

  • Power supplier Electricity North West says 88 of its customers remain without electricity following recent flooding, with 56 in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester
  • In Bolton, Rochdale and Wigan the firm has removed supplies while safety checks take place. Only 32 customers are currently without electricity there
  • A total of 25 generators are still being used to support supplies in the Rochdale area, the company say

Syrian refugees help Littleborough flood clear-up

A group of about seven Syrian refugees living in Greater Manchester is helping flood clear-up and prevention efforts in Littleborough.

Syrian refugees help flood prevention
Rethink Rebuild Society

Yasser Al-Jassem​, who came up with the idea, arrived in Britain having fled both the Assad regime and Daesh. 

He says they are "honoured" to give back to communities "that have so warmly taken us in".

Morrisons donates £100,000 to flood-hit families in North

Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons is to give £100,000 to groups helping families affected by the floods in the north of England. 

The funds are being given to flood appeals in Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Scotland and Cumbria to spend on clean-up costs, emergency repairs and emergency supplies of clothing and food and drink.

David Potts, the company's chief executive, says: “We have seen the terrible impact that the floods have had on communities that we serve and we want to do our bit to help."  

York's Jorvik Viking Centre attraction counts the cost of floods

Fiona Trott

BBC News

The Jorvik Viking Centre in York is just one corner of this historic city that's now counting the cost.

"It's really hard to see it like this," Sarah Maltby said as we waded through the contaminated floodwater that's closed the museum.

Flooding at Jorvik Viking Centre
BBC

The faces of the Viking dummies looked strange in the torchlight and it felt warm and damp. 

Sarah is the museum's director of attractions. She explains how they saved some of their priceless exhibits by ripping a door off its hinges and using it as a flood barrier. 

"Within about six hours we moved all our most valuable items - an original Viking sock, bowls and tools all dating back to the ninth century."

Watch: Flood damage at Elland Bridge in Calderdale

The floods have caused substantial damage to Elland Bridge in West Yorkshire.

There are suggestions at the scene that it could remain closed for up to a year.

Storm Frank coastguard warning: 'Don't take storm selfies'

A senior coastguard official is urging people not to take storm selfies, ahead of the onset of Storm Frank which is predicted to cause high winds and rain tomorrow.

Mark Rodaway, commander with HM Coastguard, says: "We’ve all seen the dramatic pictures of flooding inland and seen from previous years some equally dramatic images from coastal storms.   

"Do not be tempted to go out and take those photographs yourself. No photograph or selfie is worth risking your life for." 

York floods aftermath: Rescue crews in action in Skeldergate

Rescue crews in York are continuing to help local residents in the city to collect their belongings from houses affected by severe flooding, including here in Skeldergate earlier.

Couple rescued in dinghy in York
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Power advice for flooded homes in Lancashire

Money to be made available to those affected by floods

People who live in Calderdale and have been flooded will have their council tax bills and business rates suspended for up to six months and could also benefit from grants.

Calderdale Council says it is asking for financial assistance from the government.

Mytholmroyd flood
PA

The authority also says it is concerned about the lack of available insurance for householders and businesses, and will raise this with the government for a quick resolution.

North of England flooding: A recap

As the clean-up operation continues following severe flooding in the north of England over Christmas, here are the key points today:

  • Nine severe flood warnings remain in place in England and Wales
  • Storm Frank is due later, with Cumbria and south and central Scotland most at risk
  • Flood minister Rory Stewart warns of "very bad situation" as fresh storm approaches
  • Power restored to many homes in Greater Manchester, but over 700 properties still without electricity in Yorkshire
  • Foss river barrier in York now closed and some pumps working again

Leeds flooding: ' A skip floated up the yard'

Joshua Gardner

BBC Radio Leeds

As businesses on Kirkstall Road in Leeds continue to count the cost of the flooding, I've been along to Air Place Studios to speak to Paul Lewis.

He's told me about the damage that has been caused by the water.

Flood dog 'rescued from waist-high water' in Radcliffe, Manchester

In Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, Andrew Doherty and his family have been assessing the extent of the damage to their home which flooded on 26 December.

"The whole house has got to be completely stripped - we've lost absolutely everything downstairs," he's told BBC Radio Manchester.   

"We were under about 4ft of water downstairs. We literally had to lift our dog above our heads to get him out because the water was over waist high."

Watch: Latest weather update on Storm Frank

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC weather presenter

Sightseers warned to stay away from flood-hit areas in Calderdale

People are being warned by police to avoid travelling to the Mytholmroyd and Elland Bridge/Park Road areas of Calderdale, West Yorkshire,"unless absolutely necessary".

West Yorkshire Police say they're receiving reports of members of the public "going to 'have a look'" at recovery work after flooding in the area.

"This is causing significant traffic issues which are hampering the joint services relief operation," the force says.