In this week's Press we look at the aftermath of Storm Ciara…

Residents and businesses have been left counting the costs, with one business owner describing the damage caused by flood waters as "soul destroying".

The storm dumped record amounts of rain on North Kirklees in a 12-hour period on Sunday, resulting in flash flooding in large areas.

Meanwhile, Dewsbury MP Mark Eastwood has urged Kirklees Council to rethink its policy on approving building in areas prone to flooding – and council bosses have admitted they were not prepared for Storm Ciara's heavy rain.

In other news, we talk to an incredible fundraiser who has already raised thousands of pounds in aid of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association – and now she is hoping to go even further with her efforts in memory of her beloved guide dog who recently passed away.

We've got news of a Dutchman who is hoping to find out more about a Batley soldier who was killed in Holland 75 years ago, the family of a Batley man who died from an asbestos-related disease have made an appeal for his former workmates to come forward and a man and woman from Staincliffe have been jailed for stealing from vulnerable victims.

In sport, Batley Bulldogs have signed prop Tyler Dupree on loan from Leeds Rhinos to boost their injury-hit squad ahead of this weekend's "massive" clash against Swinton.

Lee Greenwood is hoping that this year's Dewsbury Rams side are better equipped for a wet and windy battle at Halifax than last year.

Danny Ratcliffe expressed his pride in his Thornhill Trojans team after a last-minute try saw them denied a famous Challenge Cup upset in the cruellest way.

Our amateur rugby league previews continue with Dewsbury Celtic, where Paul Heaton is looking to continue the great work done in the past two years by Brendan Sheridan.

In rugby union, Cleckheaton pulled off a brilliant win over leaders York to close the gap at the top of the table to six points.

Liversedge FC were held to a draw again last weekend, while things are hotting up in the Spen Victoria winter bowls ahead of finals day.

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