VIDEO: Ripponden hit by flooding

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Ripponden residents have spoken of their shock after a flood swept through their street.

Fire crews were called to Ripponden Old Bank at 12.05am this morning (Tuesday) following reports that fast flowing water was cascading from a burst culvert.

The car moved by the force of flood water in Bridge End, Ripponden. Photo credit: Tim Walker.

The car moved by the force of flood water in Bridge End, Ripponden. Photo credit: Tim Walker.

Appliances from Halifax and the water rescue crews from Brighouse attended, along with a boat from Brighouse which was called to assist with the possible evacuation of up to five properties.

When they arrived they found three foot of water flowing down the road and moving cars.

A white Renault Clio had been pushed by the current into the Over the Bridge guest house at Bridge End.

Trevor Craven, owner of the guest house, said: “I got a call from a member of staff at the Old Bridge Inn saying ‘look out of your window, cars are moving’.

“It was absolutely horrendous, it was just gushing. The noise and sound of it was just awful, it woke our guests up.”

Bonnie Muscat-Baron added: “My daughter’s car is just wrecked, it’s ruined. It was just like a river.”

Firefighters and Calderdale Council staff protected properties with sandbags and it was decided by an emergency planner that no evacuation was required.

Nobody was injured.

A specialist Technical Rescue Officer was also sent to assist

Rippondon Old Bank was closed this morning as authorities attempt to clear the blocked culvert. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.