WITH the Rochdale Road through to Walsden badly hit, and Burnley Road affected with flooding by the Hare and Hounds and Jack’s House pubs, by around 9.15pm the town centre was cut off save for routes such as Stansfield Hall Road, allowing traffic to manoeuvre from Burnley Road to Halifax Road.
By this timefire crews were in action through the town, this one dealing with floodwater at Fielden Square.
This hit properties including the Golden Lion pub, Bob’s tattoo parlour, the Vedas restaurant, Cheeky Sew-and-Sew and the Todmorden News - reporter John Greenwood was not able to gain access to the building and start placing stories and pictures online until Saturday morning, after water almost three feet deep had subsided.
By this time only parts of the town centre near St Mary’s Church and short stretched of Halifax Road and Burnley Road remained dry. For example, the Weavers pub at Blind Lane was hit by floodwater as the problems reached their peak.
Valves in the river wall appeared to work, closing to stop more water getting into the river. Todmorden Toy and Model Museum owner Mike Wollerton said these probably saved his premises.