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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on New Year's Eve
  2. Updates on Wednesday 30 December 2015

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's as far as we go for today.Thanks for being with us as we kept you up-to-date with the flood situation.

    We'll be back on Thursday - New Year's Eve 2015, can you believe it? - with the latest news, views, weather and travel updates.

  2. Yorkshire's weather: Patchy rain, clearing later

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight it'll be cloudy with outbreaks of rain, slowly clearing northwards. Expect a minimum temperature of about 4C (39F) with a fresh to strong south west wind, which will ease.

    Weather forecast

    Tomorrow, it'll be bright and windy with sunny spells and scattered showers, one or two on the heavy side. A top temperature of about 8C (46F). Fresh to strong southwest wind.

  3. Yorkshire floods and clean-up: Today's main points

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    As the clean-up in North and West Yorkshire continues following this week's floods, and with Storm Frank now with us, here are today's key points:

    • After the Tadcaster Bridge collapse, residents and business owners are allowed back into their properties
    • Environment Secretary Liz Truss calls repairing the bridge a "national priority"
    • Flood "rubberneckers" are warned to stay away from affected areas
    • York and Calderdale flood victims' homes are targeted by looters
    • Yorkshire Water suspends bills for flood victims
  4. Counting the cost: Insurance and flood victims

    Thousands of people have been assessing the damage caused by Storms Desmond and Eva, and that was before Storm Frank rolled in. 

    Analysts suggest the total bill could be more than £1.5bn.

    Sheera Kimmerling, whose house in Hebden Bridge has been flooded, spoke on BBC Breakfast this morning about how it has affected her and her neighbours.

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    Video caption: Sheera Kimmerling whose house in Hebden Bridge has been flooded
  5. Listen: Doncaster man offers to lend bridge to flood-hit communities

    BBC Radio Leeds

    Offers of help have been coming in from all over the country to those in Yorkshire hit by the floods.

    Perhaps the most strange has been the offer of a bridge! Dave Shaw, from Doncaster, has an old 52ft tramway bridge which he thinks could be of use to the flood victims

    He got in contact with BBC Radio Leeds' Johnathan I'anson:

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    Video caption: Dave Shaw, from Doncaster, has a bridge he's willing to lend to someone..
  6. Your comments: 'York closed for business'?

    Earlier, we brought you news that the leader of City of York Council, Chris Steward, said that York was currently "closed for business" following the floods earlier in the week.

    The emergency services had told Mr Steward that the flood water could be dangerous for visitors to the city.

    Thanks for all of your emails. Here's what you've been saying:

    Quote Message: I live in Huntington and have driven into town Sunday & Monday for shopping & dining. York is definitely open. Let’s support the local businesses." from Dave Kelly
    Dave Kelly
    Quote Message: These people are supposed to be promoting business in the regions and they clearly have no idea or interest in business!" from Mike Bannard
    Mike Bannard
  7. Listen: Local residents in Hebden Bridge gather to help victims

    BBC Radio Leeds

    People in the Calder Valley are getting together to help those who have lost their homes to the flood water. 

    BBC Radio Leeds' Peg Alexander has been to Hebden Bridge Town Hall to speak to those who are volunteering to help out.

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    Video caption: People helping flood victims at the town hall in Hebden Bridge
  8. Watch: Latest on the flood-damaged Elland Bridge

    Corinne Wheatley

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I've been to Elland Bridge in Calderdale where the damage to the structure following the flooding earlier this week is very apparent. 

    It could be a long time until it's reopened, and it's not just road users who are affected.

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    Video caption: Corinne Wheatley reports from Elland Bridge
  9. Tadcaster bridge 'at risk of further collapse', council warns

    The bridge in the centre of Tadcaster which partially collapsed yesterday evening remains unsafe and local residents should keep away, North Yorkshire County Council warns.

    Collapsed bridge in Tadcaster

    There's "further risk of collapse as river levels remain high" and a detailed assessment of the structure will have to be carried out as soon as it's safe to do so, the authority adds.

    A council spokesman says: "We'll provide further information once we've been able to assess the damage further, at which point we can consider solutions and potential timescales.

    "Our advice is to keep away from the bridge. Do not attempt to cross it."

  10. There but for grace of God... Water laps at Bishop’s palace

    Yorkshire Post

    Flood waters have reached the official home of the Archbishop of York. River levels were lower yesterday, but this picture clearly illustrates how flood waters from the River Ouse inundated the cellars of Bishopthorpe Palace, near York.

    Bishop's Palace
  11. Watch: Selby man's self-made flood defences protect home

    A North Yorkshire toolmaker who built his own flood defences, including pumps and a flood gate, has demonstrated how they are protecting his house.

    Carl Canty, from Bubwith, just outside Selby, spent about £20,000 on the project.

    He showed the BBC's Jeremy Cooke how the system works.

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    Video caption: A man from Selby has built his own flood defences
  12. Watch: Tadcaster bridge collapse damage revealed

    As the cordon near the partially-collapsed Tadcaster bridge is finally lifted this afternoon, this is the scene in the town after yesterday evening's dramatic events.

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    Video caption: First pictures of Tadcaster bridge in daylight
  13. Watch: Bradford cafe calls for help for flood victims in Yorkshire.

    Jenny Eells

    MyBradford Producer, BBC Radio Leeds

    Zulfi Hussain and Saira Jabeen from Pavilion Cafe in City Park, Bradford, have opened their doors to help the relief effort following the severe flooding in parts of West and North Yorkshire.

    They are appealing to local residents to use the cafe as a "drop-off" point for food, dry goods and cleaning products. You can find out more here.

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    Video caption: Zulfi Hussain and Saira Jabeen from Pavilion Café in Bradford want donations
  14. Calder Valley post-flood generosity 'overwhelming' - council

    The support and generosity being offered to people affected by this week's flooding in the Calder Valley has been "overwhelming", Calderdale Council says.

    Hebden Bridge flooding

    Places such as Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Luddendenfoot are among the places worst hit by the flooding following Storm Eva.

    Calderdale Council is now calling on people to prioritise the donation of cleaning goods such as mops, buckets and gloves to help the clean-up operation.

    Donation points are at the Ebenezer Centre in Halifax, Christ Church in Sowerby Bridge, Best Practice Training at Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge Town Hall and Todmorden Town Hall.

  15. Tadcaster bridge reconstruction is 'national priority'

    Environment Minister Liz Truss says quickly rebuilding the partially collapsed bridge in the centre of Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, is a "national priority".

    Liz Truss

    Ms Truss made the comment as she visited the bridge over the River Wharfe which was seriously damaged last night after heavy flooding.

    She told the BBC: "The bridge is in a terrible state after the torrents of water - and the town's split in half.

    "It's a national priority to get this bridge up and running again. We've got a meeting today to come up with a plan to sort it out."

  16. Town comes together to help after Tadcaster bridge collapse

    Cathy Killick

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    At Tadcaster in North Yorkshire today you can see quite clearly the cables exposed by last night's bridge collapse here, and the scale of repairs needed to them - and the bridge.

    Cordon and gas staff

    It's also extremely windy - terrible conditions for the teams trying to put things right.

    Overnight and all morning, Northern Gas staff have been working to fix leaks with residents waiting anxiously to get back into their homes.

    Everyone is helping. The local supermarket's donated supplies for flood victims. That's useful as no-one on this side of the bridge can get to the shop without a long detour.

  17. Flooding aftermath: Is York really 'closed for business'?

    The leader of City of York Council has sparked controversy today by claiming the city is "closed for business" following this week's floods.

    Chris Steward made the comments on BBC Radio York's Breakfast show this morning:

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    Video caption: York City Council leader Chris Steward on why the city is "closed"

    But these comments haven't gone down well with some in the city who say businesses need all the support they can get. 

    Wendy, a taxi driver in York, called in to speak to BBC Radio York's Jonathan Cowap:

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    Video caption: Wendy, a taxi driver in York says the city is far from closed

    What do you think? Are these comments from the council leader unjustified, or is it too dangerous for people to come to the city? Why not get in touch to tell us what you think?