18th century Tadcaster Bridge collapses following severe floods

18th century Tadcaster Bridge collapses following severe floods

A bridge dating back nearly 400 years has collapsed in Yorkshire as heavy rain and flood continues to pound northern England.

Further misery was expected for England's north and southern Scotland over Tuesday night as Storm Frank lashed the region.

Residents forced to leave their properties were plunged into darkness for a time as a power cut hit the part of Tadcaster which lies to the east of the river.

A severe flood warning was issued for the bridge over the River Wharfe in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, with the Environment Agency (EA) warning people to leave immediately because of a "significant risk to life".

More than 60 flood warnings and 14 alerts have also been issued north of the border, while a red weather warning was issued overnight for the Isle of Man with up to 100mm (4ins) of rain expected on high ground.

Emergency services by the bridge in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, which has collapsed following recent flooding.

"People have barely had a break for three-and-a-half weeks because this has been going continually since early December... there's another front coming in...so we really need emergency services, voluntary groups, mountain rescue to rest to be ready for what could be a very bad situation Wednesday, Thursday", Stewart told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Residents who live in the area were evacuated.

The bridge had been shut because of safety fears.

Work is ongoing in the town to assess the damage to the bridge, and decide whether a temporary solution can be put in place.

The bridge was the centre of the Battle of Tadcaster during the English Civil War in 1642, and was partially rebuilt in 1700.

Nigel Adams, the Conservative MP for Selby and Ainsty, said he had been on the bridge with Communities Secretary Greg Clark earlier yesterday.

Resident Nikki Scott-Somers, 35, a mother of one who is six months pregnant with a second child, said: "We knew the river level goes up and down and neighbours said don't worry if your garden floods". 'But I thought it was important that I showed the secretary of state the severity of the damage'.

Residents will still be able to cross into the other side of the town using the nearby A64 bridge.