High winds and heavy rain cause chaos in Calderdale

Burnley Road, Todmorden, closed for tree felling after high winds.

Burnley Road, Todmorden, closed for tree felling after high winds.

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Wild weather caused distruption across Calderdale yesterday, with heavy rain caused flooding on several routes, including Halifax Road in Todmorden and New Road between the junction of Commercial Street in Hebden Bridge and Tuel Lane in Sowerby Bridge.

Strong gusts estimated up to 50mph brought trees crashing down. Bacup Road and Burnley Road in Todmorden were both blocked until trees could be moved.

The M62 was shut to high-sided vehicles for around 40 minutes yesterday morning because of the strong winds. Flood alerts were put in place by the Environment Agency for the River Calder from Todmorden to Brighouse.

Acting Sergeant Andy McManus, from the Western Area Roads Policing Team, urged people not to try to drive through flooded roads and to take extra care.

More rain was being forecast for tonight, with even stronger gusts of up to 57mph expected.

There will be more rain tomorrow, with strong winds again.

The end of the week should see less rain and winds tailing off.

Were you hit by the wild weather? Email newsdesk@halifaxcourier.co.uk.