After the floods: How resilient is Leeds?

Leeds is getting back on its feet after being hit by floods during the Christmas period, but what can the crisis teach the city about its levels of community and economic resilience? ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste,’ said Winston Churchill. When Storm Eva hit Leeds on Christmas Day 2015, causing the River Aire to break its banks, the city’s communities came out in force. On Kirkstall Road, a city centre artery that was badly affected by the flooding, local councillor Lucinda Yeadon and Phil Marken, who runs Open Source Arts, separately began mobilising a clean-up. From one end of the road, councillor Yeadon used social media and her contacts at the council to organise volunteers and the resources of the public sector. At the other end Phil Marken – having returned from his Christmas break to find his new warehouse flooded – set up a base for … (To read more, subscribe below)

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Clare Goff

Clare Goff

Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine

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