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International praise for regional daily’s ‘damning’ floods editorial

A regional daily’s “damning editorial” after floods hit its patch won praise nationally and abroad.

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s front page editorial was run after Storm Frank hit Leeds over the Christmas period, and was picked up by international media including the New York Times.

The YEP’s splash on Monday 28 December featured the headline ‘Indefensible’, while the accompanying comment piece demanded Prime Minister David Cameron take immediate action to ensure such a disaster was not repeated again in Leeds or elsewhere.

An image of the front page, below, which featured a car being almost completely submerged in the floods on Viaduct Road in Leeds, was shared hundreds of times on Twitter.

YEP floods

The editorial read: “The Northern Powerhouse is nothing when it is under several feet of mucky water. This city must have critical inward investment to make sure it has the protection from floods on this scale ever happening again. What’s good enough for London is good enough for Leeds.”

The page was mentioned on the front page of The Financial Times, and also appeared in The Times, as well as forming the subject of debates on BBC News and Sky News.

The Guardian’s editor Katharine Viner, who is from Yorkshire, said it was a “superb front page”.

And the New York Times featured it in their coverage of the floods, as did the Independent, who called it a “damning editorial”.

Former Sun editor Dominic Mohan said it was an “excellent front page”.

Interest in the floods saw both the websites of the YEP its Johston Press sister daily the Yorkshire Post, breaking records for page views and unique users.

Elsewhere, The Press, York, also ran the below front page wraparound on the same day showing the devastation caused on its patch.

York floods


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  • January 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Oh, come on. It was a gift in sad circumstances. Hardly genius, but carried out professionally.. So dish out an MBE!

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  • January 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Don’t blame Frank. It was Eva that caused the flooding in Yorkshire.

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