Prime Minister David Cameron meets Todmorden flooding victims

Prime Minister David Cameron paid a surprise visit to Todmorden to meet flooding victims
Prime Minister David Cameron paid a surprise visit to Todmorden to meet flooding victims

PRIME MInister David Cameron made a surprise visit to Todmorden this morning to meet flooding victims.

Mr Cameron spent over an hour in the town to see the results of last week’s devastating floods.

He visited Sarah Jayne Robins whose home was damaged by the storms last Friday.

The Prime Minister also met emergency services and representatives of Todmorden Community College and the Incredible Edible team.

He was accompanied by Calder Valley Conservative MP Criag Whittaker.

As he left the town, the Environment Agency issued another alert about possible flooding of the River Calder in the Upper Calder Valley after warnings about possible heavy rain and thunderstorms across the Pennines.

There is no suggestion at this stage that the situation is anywhere near as serious as it was last Friday when torrential rain caused severe flooding in Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

But householders and businesses in low lying properties are being told to be on their guard.

The hillsides remain sodden and rivers and streams are at much higher levels than normal.

“The band of rain moving in from the southwest which will reach West Yorkshire around noon,” according to the Environment Agency6

“This may cause some surface water and fluvial flooding. The rain band will continue to move steadily northeast, clearing the area in the afternoon. Brearley Fields in Mytholmroyd are expected to flood. Centre Vale Park in Todmorden is not expected to flood because the river is not forecast to reach the required level.”

To find out if your property is at risk and to see if you are eligible for Floodline Direct Warnings, call 0845 988 1188 or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.