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Calderdale check on safety of 124 bridges after Christmas floods

Divers brought in carry out underwater checks

Safety checks have been carried out on well over 100 bridges in Calderdale after the floods.

And it has also been revealed that divers have carried out more checks on the bridges in the wake of the massive damage sustained by Elland Bridge.

It has to be replaced after being badly damaged in the Boxing day floods.

Clr Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Since the Boxing Day floods we have visually inspected 124 highway bridges to check that they are safe to travel on, assess any damage and plan the appropriate repairs.

“To check for damage underwater, we arranged for specially trained contractors to dive at bridge sites across Calderdale.

“Underwater inspections have been carried out at 96 bridges so far, and we expect the remaining 42 to be completed by the end of this week.

“This helps us to build a full picture of where repairs are needed.”

READ MORE: Flooding: Government Minister sees the damage wreaked in Calderdale

READ MORE: Flooding: Government to pay £5m to rebuild wrecked Elland Bridge

The Government have offered £5m to meet the cost of replacing the historic Elland Bridge.

Footage shot from a drone camera by Mark Bull shows the aftermath of the floods damage at Elland. Click above to watch the video.



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