Air ambulance spotted as heavy downpour causes more valley flooding

The air ambulance landed on Halifax Road, Todmorden, on Monday afternoon (July 9). Photo by Bill Pilkington
The air ambulance landed on Halifax Road, Todmorden, on Monday afternoon (July 9). Photo by Bill Pilkington

THE air ambulance landed on Halifax Road, Todmorden, earlier today (Monday) on a busy afternoon for the emergency services in the upper Calder Valley.

Bill Pilkington took this photo of the helicopter when it landed in the Castle Hill area of town at approximately 3pm.

The A646 between Todmorden and Mytholmroyd is currently closed due to flash flooding.

A very heavy cloudburst above the hillside on Keighley Road at lunchtime has resulted in a large volume of surface water overwhelming drainage systems in Hebden Bridge, resulting in heavy localised flooding in the town.

Police have closed Burnley Road between Mytholmroyd and Todmorden and are advising people to avoid travelling in the area.

There are also localised reports of flooding in Mytholmroyd. Police have closed New Road.

Police, the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council engineers are in attendance.

Highways engineers are checking drains and strategically placing sandbags in areas known to be particularly vulnerable.

The council expects the floodwaters to subside quickly.

People requiring information and assistance should call the council’s contact centre on 0845 2457000

While trains are currently running normally, there are reports of severe disruption on some bus routes. Check for details on www.wymetro.com.

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