Prime Minister found community spirit in adversity

Flood Heroes: Just some of the members of the Safer, Cleaner, Greener Team (sitting in cab) Howard  Coverley with, from the left, Stephen Hollas, John Calpin,  Tim Dunsheath, John Dempsey, Phillip Schofield, Michael Parkes,  and, at the front, Bob Jones
Flood Heroes: Just some of the members of the Safer, Cleaner, Greener Team (sitting in cab) Howard Coverley with, from the left, Stephen Hollas, John Calpin, Tim Dunsheath, John Dempsey, Phillip Schofield, Michael Parkes, and, at the front, Bob Jones

WHEN Prime Minister, David Cameron, visited the Calder Valley yesterday to see for himself the clean-up operation following the weekend’s floods, he found a massive community spirit.

From cooks and cleaners to wardens and helpers, and good old fashioned community spirit to using new technology to help people, it has been a tremendous effort in the immediate aftermath of last Friday’s flloding which devastated Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

Among them were Calderdale Council’s Safer, Cleaner, Greener team worked, who worked flat out to get the towns moving again.

With rivers at their highest ever recorded level, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd were particularly badly hit by the flooding, resulting from a whole month’s rainfall in just a few hours.

But the team spearheaded the clean-up, working with the emergency services and highways teams through the night, and all the next day.