09 February 2020 18:33
The video will start in 8 Cancel Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from LeedsLive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Police were called after a man was seen paddling through floodwater on an inflatable ring in Leeds. Tony Hargreaves, 46, was seen making his away across the murky water that has submerged Gelderd Road, using a plank of wood as a makeshift oar, on Sunday, February 9. The road flooded after Storm Ciara brought high-speed winds and torrential rain. Tony's daughter Mercadeze Hargreaves revealed that he decided to make the voyage after being dared to by members of his family. While most people laughed at the site of Tony in his inflatable rubber ring, someone decided to report him to West Yorkshire Police, by phoning 999.
After that call, the force tweeted: "We are aware that Geldard Road in Leeds is flooded. However, police have also been urging people to stay inside and avoid driving during the storm. The heavy rain has caused several rivers to burst their banks in Leeds and flooded roads around the city. London North Eastern Railway (LNER), TransPennine Express and Northern are also advising passengers to avoid travelling today, as the storm has forced them to close flooded lines, run reduced timetables and implement speed restrictions. The Met Office has issued an extreme weather warning with guidelines stating that there could even be a "danger to life from flying debris". There are nine flood warnings in place across Leeds. Tony, 45, said he had got the dinghy out to 'brighten up' his Sunday afternoon during the floods. Video footage shows Tony - who works for T&J Hargreaves and sons - running onto the flooded Gelderd Road before jumping in the dinghy and rowing down the floods. In a tweet, West Yorkshire Police said: "We are aware that Gelderd Road in #Leeds is flooded. Tony Hargreaves Sign up to our daily newsletter The i newsletter cut through the noise Thanks for signing up! Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later. Submitting... "We are also aware of the male with his self made dinghy having a little paddle. "No need to ring 999." The Met Office said Storm Ciara will bring a spell of very strong winds on Sunday. Flying debris could lead to Injuries or danger to life, the forecast said. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs is expected. Commuters should expect longer journey times and cancellations, as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected. Some roads and bridges will be closed - with the possibility of the Humber Bridge being closed for the first time ever. Power cuts with the potential to affect other services will also hit mobile phone coverage. Injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties are all issues to be aware of, The Met Office stated.