LATEST: River Calder from Brighouse to Todmorden on flood alert - people rush out to clear Market Street of water

Market Street in Hebden Bridge earlier
Market Street in Hebden Bridge earlier

Market Street in Hebden Bridge had to be shut this afternoon because of flooding.

Water is thought to have been above the pavement on one side of the road, causing problems for drivers.

Upper Valley neighbourhood policing team was urging drivers to avoid the area and the road was closed.

Traders, town visitors and people who live in the area are understood to have rushed out to help clear the drains so it could be quickly re-opened.

Meanwhile the Environment Agency’s flood alert for the River Calder between Brighouse to Todmorden is still in force today.

But the agency says the majority of the rain has now passed and river levels across the catchment are generally falling.

It says lighter rain this afternoon may see a response from rivers in the catchment but it does not expect river levels to rise to levels requiring the issue of flood warnings.

It also says it does not expect to see property flooding.

Centre Vale Park in Todmorden is not expected to flood, says the agency, because the river is not forecast to reach the required level.