Storm Eunice wreaks havoc across West Leeds

A tree was brought down by high winds in Farsley today. Photo: Nicola Lawson

Damaging winds and driving rain from Storm Eunice wreaked havoc across West Leeds today.

A tree was brought down Heights Way/Albany Terrace were blocked due to a fallen tree. Bus service 15 was diverted for several hours via Wortley Road, Whingate, Tong Road, Pudsey Road and Greenthorpe Road in both directions.

A fallen tree also took out phone lines in The Gardens and Farfield Avenue in Farsley, and Vesper Road in Kirkstall was blocked by a tree between Woodhall Drive and Cragside Walk.

Train and bus services were also disrupted.

Plans to start overnight work on essential road improvements to Stanningley Bypass have been delayed from tonight until Monday.

Council highways chiefs said:

“It was agreed the risk to the safety of the operatives was too high and therefore a decision was made yesterday evening to postpone the traffic management set up.

“Our apologies for any inconvenience this will have caused.We have now agreed to set up the traffic management on Monday 21 February at 8pm, with closure to remain in place until Monday 28 February at 6pm.”

An open morning at Kirkstall Valley Farm on Saturday morning has been cancelled due to a swollen River Aire. The farm site has been closed until further notice. Organisers Kirkstall Valley Development Trust said:

“While the weather tomorrow looks OK, river levels are too high and with a very volatile weather system still nearby… We don’t want to take you all for a very muddy wild swimming lesson!

“Good news though – these will be a monthly thing this year, so watch out for the March event announcement soon!”

A ceremonial tree planting in Gotts Park, which was due to take place on Sunday, has also been cancelled.

And a pre-season game for Bramley Buffaloes was also cancelled due to the weather this evening.


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