‘Without them, it would be worse’

Waterside, Todmorden, residents Alison Carlton, left, and Pam Sharp, who have praised Volker Stevin workers' efforts in the June 2012 floods
Waterside, Todmorden, residents Alison Carlton, left, and Pam Sharp, who have praised Volker Stevin workers' efforts in the June 2012 floods

NEIGHBOURS in a flood-hit area have praised workers from engineering company Volker Stevin Ltd who are working on flood alleviation work in Todmorden for the Environment Agency.

The neighbours in the Waterside House area, some of whom were badly flooded, said there had been much criticism of Volker Stevin following the disaster but they believe the town would have been in a much worse state without them.

Pam Sharp, Alison Carlton and Phill and Diana Ellis said Volker Stevin workers came from all directions after a call to liaison officer Tommy Monks.

“They were up all night ensuring the town and its residents were safe and I am incensed by the complaints flooding into them,” said a spokesman for the householders.

“If it was not for the wall completed at Shade, the whole area would have been awash and, even though it may not appear so to some people, the wall did save the day for many. Had it been the original low level, I dread to think of the consequences. The staff at VSL were physically exhausted and had worked through the night, and maintained a high visible presence which reassured many people,” she said.

The spokesman said it was VSL, not Calderdale Council, who instigated the cleaning of the roads, the sweepers, gully suckers, dryers and pumps and continued to knock on doors to help where it was needed. They also provided dehumidifiers for homes before insurance companies could. VSL staff had come in to Todmorden from as far away as Liverpool, Southport and Morecambe to help. Without the wall being strengthened and raised at Shade the electricity sub-station at Rochdale Road could have been flooded with serious consequences for the town, she said.

“We personally strongly believe that VSL should not be held responsible for any of the events last weekend, but rather to the contrary and that they should be applauded for their valiant efforts for our town and its community.

“On a personal note, may we thank everyone, neighbours and friends, who helped us to deal with the situation - all your assistance was fantastic and greatly appreciated,” said the spokesman.