The bill for Calderdale’s devastating flood damage is set to be at least £20 million it was revealed yesterday.

The borough has been one of the worst hit in Yorkshire with Elland, Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge particularly badly affected.

Leader of Calderdale Council, Clr Tim Swift, said: “Calderdale has been one of the worst hit areas for infrastructure damage as a result of the floods that hit the region on Boxing Day 2015.

“There has been significant damage to a number of bridges in the borough, including the partial collapse and resulting closure of Elland Bridge, as well as the collapse of three other bridges and one footway in the borough.

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“In addition to this, there have been a number of landslips, one of which occurred on the major A646 road in Mytholmroyd. This road is now only passable as a single carriageway, managed by traffic lights.

“Canal towpaths and cycle routes have also collapsed and will need significant repairs.

“Sites are still being monitored, and individual costs are yet to be determined. However, the projected costs for all the repairs that are needed on roads and structures damaged by the floods is likely to be at least £20 million.”

Video thumbnail, Water pours from BMW exhaust after Elland floods
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