Clean-up begins in Walsden in Todmorden after floods

Flooding in Todmorden One local resident described the flooding as "sheer devastation"
Flooding in Todmorden Flood warning sirens were sounded as a precautionary measure in Todmorden
Flooding in Todmorden River levels in Todmorden rose rapidly, the Environment Agency said
Kershaw Road at Walsden The flash flooding badly damaged Kershaw Road at Walsden

Related Stories

A major clean-up is under way after a flash flood burst through homes and severely damaged roads in a Pennine area of West Yorkshire.

Walsden, in Todmorden, was hit by up to 18in (46cm) of water on Monday night.

The flood caused "sheer devastation", according to residents, as it poured from a culvert and down a side street, ripping chunks out of the road surface.

Total rainfall in the area on Monday was more than half the monthly average for July, Calderdale Council said.

About 20 homes are thought to have been flooded.

Todmorden mops up after heavy rainfall

Most of the damage to properties was caused by sewage, flood water and silt in cellars and the ground floors of homes, the council said.

'Sheer devastation'

Walsden resident Roger Stansfield, who was cleaning up his property on Tuesday, said: "It started raining really heavily and within 15 minutes this road was completely flooded to the depth of my wellington boots.

Flood warden Keith Crabtree said an "unprecedented" amount of rain had caused "sheer devastation".

He said: "Every road in and out of Todmorden was flooded and there's still a lot of water coming off the hillside.

"It happened so quickly. The floods 12 months ago took three days to build up.

"This one, we just got three-quarters of an hour of cloudburst and there's just nothing you can do about that."

'Really scary'

Becky Morville, who is six months pregnant, said she vainly attempted to hold back the tide as the ground floor of her home was engulfed.

"It was really scary. I had to push my back against the door with my feet on the stairs just so the door wouldn't come through.

Rail workers at Walsden Rail workers spent several hours mending the line at Walsden after it was damaged by flood water

"But then it all started to come up through the front room and through the skirting boards into the kitchen."

During the flooding, railway lines were submerged and Walsden railway station was closed for several hours as maintenance crews repaired the tracks.

Flood alerts for Todmorden and Walsden have been lifted but residents should monitor local forecasts, the Environment Agency said.

Teams were working to prevent any further flooding by clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts, a spokesman added.

Have you been affected by floods? Please get in touch using the form below.

Send your pictures and videos to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International). If you have a large file you can upload here.

Read the terms and conditions

If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures, video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions.

Terms and conditions

More on This Story

Related Stories

From other news sites

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Leeds & West Yorkshire

Weather

Leeds

Min. Night 14 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.