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AUDIO: Sports clubs still recovering after floods

AUDIO: Sports clubs still recovering after floods

Published at 9:29am 20th January 2016. (Updated at 3:42pm 20th January 2016)

Sports clubs in Wetherby say they're still counting the cost of the Boxing Day floods.

It comes as Leeds City Council meets to discuss a recovery plan for areas affected in the wake of Storm Eva.

Plans will be considered to improve future flood resilience in places like Wetherby, Collingham, Otley and Pool-in-Wharfedale.

Stray FM has spoken to Vicky Peel, Chairman of Wetherby Sports Association, which is home to local athletics, football, rugby and petanque clubs:

Council chiefs and MPs, including Otley's Greg Mulholland, have also discussed the devastating impact of flooding with Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: "In our meeting today, the Environment Secretary committed the Government to giving Leeds the 'right level of protection' on flood defences. While this is to be welcomed, there was no commitment to any additional funding to provide it which is very disappointing.

"The Government's words now need to be translated into firm action, and as a council, we remain fully committed to ensuring comprehensive flood defences are in place in Leeds along the length of the River Aire, as well as the River Wharfe and River Calder catchments, as quickly as we can to avoid a repeat of the devastation over Christmas."