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Prince Charles visits flood-hit firms in Hebden Bridge

Prince Charles in Hebden Bridge
More than 500 homes and businesses were flooded in the area in June

The Prince of Wales has visited Hebden Bridge to see what can be done to help businesses affected by recent flooding.

More than 500 homes and businesses in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Mytholmroyd were flooded when a month's rain fell in 24 hours on 22 June.

The prince met Keith Crabtree, a volunteer flood warden, who said the floods were "absolutely devastating".

Mr Crabtree said the visit had given recognition to the work of flood volunteers.

Trains suspended

In West Yorkshire 22 flood warnings were in place including the River Calder at Mirfield, and the River Colne at Huddersfield, Marsden and Slaithwaite.

Flooding in Shepley has caused trains between Huddersfield and Barnsley to be suspended.

Trains between Wakefield Kirkgate and Barnsley are also suspended due to flooding in Darton, South Yorkshire.

Passengers are advised to check before travelling.

Temporary flood defences are in place in Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd.

The road was closed for sandbags to be added to defences damaged by the recent high water but reopened when work was complete, said the Environment Agency.

The agency is continuing to monitor river levels in the area.

Some residents had criticised Calderdale Council for acting too slowly during the floods.

Earlier this week, the council said £250,000 would be made available to businesses affected by the heavy rain.

Councillor Barry Collins, cabinet member for economy and environment, said: "Residents in the Calder Valley have shown magnificent community spirit, helping each other to pick up the pieces following the devastating floods."

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