Floods clean-up begins (again)

Hebden Bridge Photo: Piers Mettrick

Businesses and residents are beginning the clear-up after torrential downpours hit Calder Valley, just days after towns were devastated by flooding.

Just after lunchtime a large cloudburst meant huge volumes of water fell from the sky, taking people by surprise. In Hebden Bridge the town's flood warden, Keith Crabtree, said the rain dislodged debris in the hills, which cascaded into the town blocking drains, so the water was not able to flow away. In some places the water was nearly two and half feet high.

It caused roads to be gridlocked and the fire service and Environment Agency had to pump water out to help people affected by it.

It comes after last month's flooding, in which more than 500 homes and businesses were hit.

The clear-up task is now beginning for the second time.