Calderdale hit by 60 mph storm

Storm damage in Warley Road, Halifax.
Storm damage in Warley Road, Halifax.

THE storms have passed for now but a huge clean-up was under way last night.

As rain and 60mph winds struck, one of the biggest dramas came in Halifax when the storm ripped the upper gable end off Savile Park Care Home in Mellor Street.

Staff said no one was hurt but some residents were moved to rooms at the opposite end of the building.

Mark Greaves, managing director of Ideal Care Homes, said: “This is unfortunate and no one could have prepared for it. All our homes are purpose built and built in excess of standard regulations.

“This is testified in the way the upper gable broke away cleanly, without damage to the rest of the walls, leaving the roof intact.

“This was clearly a most unusual situation with the direction of the storm-force winds meeting the building at its highest and most exposed point.

“I would like to thank the police and emergency services who joined us at Savile Park in the early hours yesterday.

“An unfortunate situation was dealt with calmly and professionally by all.”

In Greetland, Lisa Cox of Ravenstone Drive had a lucky escape after a tree came crashing down onto her home.

She said: “I couldn’t sleep because of the wind so I went out into the garden at about 1am for a cigarette.

“I went back upstairs to bed and about five minutes later I heard this almighty crash.”

Her guttering had fallen off and when she went to the door, there were branches everywhere.

She hoped the tree would be moved yesterday but did not know yet what damage it had done to her roof.

Trees were also reported to have come down at Scarr Bottom Road in Halifax, Old Hall Road in Northowram and Shibden Hall Road in Halifax.

Calderdale Council had to shut part of Warley Road in Halifax after part of a dormer roof was blown off the back of a house and smashed into a chimney pot and a fence.

Yesterday the damaged chimney was being taken down to make the area safe.

The storms also ravaged Comet’s sign at its store on Pellon Lane in Halifax and blew part of the roof off a house in Old Town in Hebden Bridge.

Waterlogged pitches have led to all games in the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax and District Amateur Football League this Saturday being called off. The only games still on are in the WR Cup as the Halifax clubs involved are playing away.

The Sunday league and junior league have also said they are calling their games off this Sunday.

The Met Office was forecasting some showers tonight but a dry weekend with winds dying down.