River levels falling, gullies checked but alert remains in place so take care

WORK undertaken by drain cleaning crews seems to have paid off and the rivers have so far held after more than two days of downpour in the upper Calder Valley.

A flood alert is still valid for the River Calder and its tributaries from Todmorden to Brighouse

The Environment Agency today said river levels remain high following yesterday’s rainfall.

Levels are likely to fall later today, but the rivers will react quickly to any further rainfall or localised showers, so peopple are asked to remain on their guard.

Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift said the council is prepared if flooding hits the district.

Workmen were out yesterday and sandbags have been put in place and gullies are being checked.

Schools, care homes and buildings at risk of flooding have been advised to prepare for the possibility of flooding.

“We are working hard to make sure we are ready if there is flooding in Calderdale,” he said.

Anyone in a flood-risk area can contact the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845 988 1188