Team effort to deal with floods

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BRIGHOUSE escaped major destruction at the weekend as water levels rose.

Flood warnings were issued for the River Calder in Brighouse at 10.25pm and only minutes earlier at Cooper Bridge as many roads were swamped in the downpours.

The worst hit area in Brighouse was Bridge End at its junction with Mill Royd Street which was closed by police.

There was also reports of flooding in parts of Elland Road close to Brookfoot.

People were evacuated from their homes in Park Road, Elland, as the river bank burst late on Friday evening.

Emergency services and Calderdale Council worked through the night to ensure people were looked after.

Firefighters from Brighouse were heavily involved in rescues and the subsequent clean-up operation after a month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours.

On Friday evening the station used its special rescue boat to retrieve six people trapped on a barge in a lock near Callis Bridge, Hebden Bridge, one of the worst areas affected by the extreme flooding.

Flood water receded on Saturday morning but many properties were left with waist deep water in their cellars especially at Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. The crews from Brighouse spent the afternoon pumping out a row of 15 houses on Commercial Street, Todmorden.

A spokesman for the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team said his officers worked with colleagues and other agencies to assist members of the public caught up in the floods along the length of the River Calder. “They assisted with road closures, recovering people and animals who were trapped. They also provided transport to people who could not get home and made use of the temporary places of safety provided by the council and others. It was a difficult situation and many officers worked over until the water levels began to fall.”

A spokeswoman from the Environment Agency said their teams were out across Yorkshire clearing debris to avoid any blockages. For advice after the floods visit http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31630.aspx