Flood water leaves estate in misery

Paul Dainton at the flooded gardens at Broad Lea, Elland.
Paul Dainton at the flooded gardens at Broad Lea, Elland.

Residents of an Elland housing estate have spoken of their shock after a “mini tsunami” swept through their street, causing destruction and disruption.

Houses on the Broad Lea estate were hit by a flood of waterwhich burst through a boundary wall on the evening of Sunday, February 15.

Residents described seeing a torrent of water cascading down one side of the Pennine Housing owned development at around 10pm .

Estate contractors - Wates Living Space - believe the flood may have been caused by a blockage in an old culvert.

Houses on the estate, some of which are supported living accomodation, have been left with waterlogged gardens and staining from silt.

Paul Dainton, whose son lives in a supported living house on the estate, said that a water leak was reported to Pennine Housing in January.

He claims that the firm inspected the leak, but nothing was done. Now, Pennine Housing and Wates say they are working to resolve the matter.

Mr Dainton, 58, said: “We are now concerned about what else is going to happen.

“The wall is not designed to be a dam and the ground behind the wall is an old tip, so from our point of view, we have a lot of water running from an old tip.

“The force of the water pushed bins down the road and moved a shed.

“How long is that wall going to last until it collapses? There is also a worry that the water may be contaminated.” Andy Farrell, 31, added: “The only way I can describe it is like a mini tsunami.

“Water was running down the front of my garden and the pathway, then I opened my back door and couldn’t see the garden.

“You can’t even walk on the garden now, it’s just been left a mess.”

Mick Holling, Interim Regional Managing Director for Wates Living Space, said: “We are aware of an incident of flooding at the Broad Lea estate which has been caused by a blockage in a 200-year old culvert adjacent to the site.

“We are investigating the cause of the blockage and are taking remedial action to remove the residual water from the affected gardens.

“We understand the inconvenience this has caused for the residents and we thank them for their patience whilst we resolve this matter.”

Hilary Brady, Group Head of Development at Pennine Housing, added: “We have staff working on-site with tenants to make sure they are kept up to date with developments.

“Our contractors are working hard to clear the blocked culvert and are undertaking investigations to ascertain the cause of the problem.

“The affected area has been cordoned off and we’ll continue to work with residents, staff and our contractors to ensure the problem is resolved as soon as possible.”