Flooding hit around 90 homes and businesses

Mike Watts of Todmorden Flood Group took this photograph of the aftermath of flooding at Shade
Mike Watts of Todmorden Flood Group took this photograph of the aftermath of flooding at Shade

Up to 90 properties were hit by last Monday’s flash flooding, around 24 of them substantially affected, estimates Calderdale Council.

Around 10 to 12 of the worst hit were homes and approximately 12 were businesses, says the council which continued clean-up operations this week in conjunction with other agencies.

Two grant schemes for people affected by the flood last week have now been opened by the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

Application forms for an emergency flood relief grant of up to £200 are available from local Customer First points at Todmorden Community College or Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Anyone who is interested in applying will need to bring proof of their ID and their address. A copy of the form has also been posted on the Calder Valley Community Support (Calder Valley Flood Victims) Facebook site by Todmorden Flood Group co-ordinator Mike Watts, along with a Flood Defence Fund application form.

A council spokesman said small grants of up to £150 are available for people who need to protect their home from further floods.

These are for people who could not otherwise afford to buy equipment such as flood-boards or dry storage “sand bags”, or to make alterations to their home to make it easier to recover from floods in the future.

For more information call the Community Foundation for Calderdale’s grants line on 01422 438738.

All flood damaged items which were left on the roadside were collected by the end of last week. The majority of roads have been cleared of debris and we are continuing to clear the remainder, said a spokesman.

“We’re talking to local businesses to assess the impact of the floods and to find out what support, if any, they need. Any businesses which have been affected can call us on 0845 2456000.

“Decisions about support will need to go to the council’s economic task force which is a group which supports residents, businesses and communities affected by the economic downturn.”

Following the downpour, local flood groups and forums have continued to offer practical help and advice including Calder Valley Community Support, whose Facebook site Calder Valley Flood Victims is a quick response source of information, help and advice after last year’s severe flooding.

As well as highlighting ways in which neighbours and others have helped each other out after last Monday, it has also highlighted work done beyond their regular duties by some workers in the clean-up.

They include Calderdale Council workers Stephen Hollas and Jamie Bradley, who gave their time and help for free last weekend to help clear flood-damaged belongings from several parts of the town.

They have been thanked for the help that they had given to those affected.