‘My heart goes out to those who have been flooded’

The Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain in his flooded shop
The Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain in his flooded shop

HOMES and businesses in all three valleys were badly hit by Friday’s flood, and left to deal with the mess after the water receded.

The Mayior of Todmorden, Coun Abid Hussain, said his heart went out to all those affected - and he was among the victims himself when the DIY section of the Hussain Brothers store in Halfax Road flooded, although he was able to protect some of the rest of the property with shutters.

Managing to move as much as possible upstairs, by 9pm he said the road outside was a “big lake” and said he wished the auithorities had stopped traffic going through earlier as the wake caused by passing vehicles added to the problems. It was the seventh time in 12 years parts of his premises had been affected by flooding.

He had just told his brother he was going to take a break at around 7pm but was immediately called back as the water started rising.

“The drains couldn’t take it. With the amount of rain we have had, you can’t do anything about it,” he said.

Speaking as Mayor, he said: “It is hard for businesses and residents. The 2000 flood and this one were devastating, and there have been smaller ones in between. But everyone was there - neighbours were good offering help to people.

“My heart goes out to them all and we hope it doesn’t happen again. It’s heartbreaking. I have been through it myself, and it devastates you.”

Last night members of Todmorden Town Council were to discuss the disaster.

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