Repair options on the table at culvert summit

Norman Caddy took this photo of flooding in the Melbourne Terrace / Kershaw Road area of Walsden on Sunday afternoon, September 15
Norman Caddy took this photo of flooding in the Melbourne Terrace / Kershaw Road area of Walsden on Sunday afternoon, September 15

Residents will meet with Calderdale Council officers next week to discuss culvert repairs after further flooding in Walsden last weekend.

Heavy rain on Sunday afternoon resulted in more flooding in the Kershaw Road area, causing concern among residents still recovering from July’s flash flood.

The culvert which burst earlier in the summer was unable to cope with the heavy rain, and residents have called on the council to fix the problem to help prevent further flooding in future.

A council spokesperson said: “A rainstorm affected the Kershaw Road area and the capacity of the partially blocked culverts was exceeded.

“As soon as we were alerted to this, the stand-by officer made his way to the area.

“In addition, the site was attended by a member of the council’s flooding team and a representative from the Environment Agency.

“The water was contained within the temporary arrangements put in place after the flooding in July, and no properties were affected.

“Plans to repair the culvert are being looked at, using the results from a recently completed study.

“As the existing culverts pass under private land, a meeting is due to be held next week with the most closely affected residents to discuss options for a repair scheme.”

It was an anxious time for Norman Caddy, of Fir Wood Close, who saw water flowing past his home.

After suffering damage in July’s flood, he escaped relatively unscathed this time.

“There was heavy rain in the afternoon,” he said.

“By 3.30pm it had come down to such an extent it was flooding down again.

“There was no damage to the house. But it washed away a bit of my garden.

“It wasn’t as bad as first time round.

“There was about six inches this time. We had sandbags out at the doors of our houses.”

Norman believes one option would be to re-run the culvert down Kershaw Road, but it could take several months to resolve.