Ten extra rescue boats had been summoned from other fire and rescue services, along with an additional 50 personnel to join the 50 already deployed by the West Yorkshire brigade.
ACO Walton, who oversaw rescue efforts, said: “It’s what I would describe as an extraordinary and unprecedented level of demand, the likes of which we have not seen for many years.”
This along with a building fire within the flooded areas of Kirkstall road causing problems due to difficult access. Five pumps attended the incident along with a Logistics support unit from Odsal.
The fire was in a vehicle workshop with 2 cars alight inside the building. All this unfolded as images were being taken of the flooded area around Kirkstall viaduct near Willow Road.
This image shows an overview of the location with the building
(Volvo workshops) fire and the flooded are surrounding the scene.