Tornado over Todmorden as Calder Valley prepares to welcome Prince Charles and brace itself for possible flooding

Tornado over Todmorden - picture by Robyn Moore
Tornado over Todmorden - picture by Robyn Moore

Flood ravaged Todmorden had another brush with danger last night when a mini-Tornado appeared in the clouds.

It was captured on film by Robyn Moore who said it was lucky it didn’t touch down.

But, problems are not over yet as weather forecasters predict more rain and possible flooding over the weekend.

Prince Charles is due in the Upper Calder Valley today to inspect the recent flood damage and is likely to get a wet welcome to Calderdale.

Weather forecasters say heavy rain will fall and people should prepare for more flooding.

And householdes are urged to check on vulnerable neighbours and council and Environment Agency staff are out monitoring the situation.

Calderdale Council advises moving valuable items to upper floors where possible.

Mark Thompson, head of housing and environment, said: “We are working with communities to prepare to meet the worst of the weather, should it happen.”

The council has a limited supply of sandbags, which it will be placing at strategic locations to minimise the effects of run-off water from the roads.

Gully wagons are continuing to check/clear gullies at “hot-spots” throughout the borough.

Schools within the upper valley have been notified of the potential risk and to put their plans in place.

People who need to contact the council can do so on 0845 245 6000.