Volunteer wardens were among the first on the scene

Flood warden Keith Crabtree
Flood warden Keith Crabtree

VOLUNTEER flood wardens played an immediate role in dealing with problems on the night when flooding began.

One of them was retired council employee Keith Crabtreem who was one of the first on the scene when the floodwaters began to rise.

Keith did a 16 and a half hour day, starting at 5pm when he was asked to go out and check the river levels close to the petrol station on Halifax Road.

“When I first went to check, there was a two and a half-foot gap between the water and the top of the bridge at that point. But within a few hours that had risen and there was flooding across Halifax Road.”

Keith spent the night telling shop owners to get their stock upstairs before going off to direct traffic.

“All I could do then was stop cars and re-direct traffic. “I have never seen rainfall like this - and I never want to see it again,” he said.