Clear up continues as council and communities unite

The River Calder ready to overflow at Callis Bridge, between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. Picture by David Burnup.
The River Calder ready to overflow at Callis Bridge, between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. Picture by David Burnup.
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Calderdale Council have teamed up with flood damaged communities as the clean up continues.

Calderdale Council is working with communities in the Calder Valley to clear up after the weekend floods.

More than 100mm of rain – equivalent to one month’s rainfall- fell in just a few hours on Friday evening, leading to some rivers reaching their highest ever recorded level. Overnight, the River Calder at Hebden Bridge measured a record 3.2metres.

The Council worked with the Environment Agency and partner organisations, such as the emergency services, to respond to the flooding.

Street cleansing teams worked round the clock to clear drains and gutters and road debris. Environmental health officers have been out today advising affected businesses.

Among the measures already taken:

· Calderdale Council has two collection vehicles currently touring the Todmorden/Hebden Bridge areas to take away furniture and household items damaged by the weekend flooding. Residents can flag down the vehicles and items will only be taken with permission of the householder. Before items are taken away, people should photograph them to help with insurance claims. Anyone who needs flood damaged items to be taken away can also contact the Council on 0845 245 7000.

· Hebden Bridge Library and Customer First are currently closed due to flood damage. The Council’s Customer First Team in Hebden Bridge will be working from Hebden Bridge Town Hall until close of business on Wednesday at 5.00pm

· Additional Customer First staff will be available at the temporary location in Hebden Bridge Town Hall to deal with residents’ enquiries.

· The Council has been liaising with Community Foundation for Calderdale, who have already established a fund for householders and voluntary organisations likely to suffer financial hardship as a result of the flooding. Customer First staff will be happy to help them with applications to the fund.

· The Community Foundation is also working with the Council to issue emergency packs to the worst hit households. The packs, containing food, blankets, bedding and household items, will be available at Customer First, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge Town Hall until close of business on Wednesday and then at Customer First Hebden Bridge..

· Street wardens are now patrolling the worst hit areas and offering support, they will also be asking householders and businesses what further assistance they need.

· The Council has some limited financial support for businesses affected. This is designed to help with any small immediate financial pressures. The Council will be talking to businesses about longer term support as well to help our towns get back on their feet.

The bridge across the River Calder at Mearclough has been closed due to damage to a sewerage pipe. Diversions are in operation until repairs have been carried out.

Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, says it’s important that the Council now works with communities and organisations on the clean-up and provides help to those hardest hit.

“What happened in the Calder Valley over the week-end was the result of some really exceptional weather conditions and many people are still in shock.

“We shall be making sure that those households and businesses hit by these floods get the help they need to get them back on their feet as soon as possible.

Calderdale Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Janet Battye, says that despite the floods, people should know that the Calder Valley remains open for business.

“We’re cracking on with the clean-up and we’re letting everyone know that the Calder Valley remains a great place for people to come and visit.”