Torrential rain has caused severe flooding in the Calder Valley with some of the worst scenes since the major floods of 2000.
Motorists were sent back to Hebden Bridge with officers stopping traffic at the Mytholm turning circle and diverting cars over the tops.
Traffic was sent down Cross Stone Road but by 8.30pm that too was almost impassable.
Motorist John Greenwood, of Todmorden, said: “The road was swimming and traffic was throwing up debris. It was a hairy experience.”
Police closed Halifax Road in the centre of Todmorden near Key Sike Lane.
Todmorden Fire Station manager Robin Ward said: “There was serious flooding in Halifax Road, Rochdale Road and Burnley Road, Todmorden, with the worst affected area around Der Street and Commercial Street.”
Mytholmroyd also reported severe flooding with Callis Bridge closed and playing fields flooded. There were also problems at Greenups Mill, Sowerby Bridge.
Among the properties hit was the Hippodrome Theatre, Todmorden, where a performance of the show ‘Two’ had begun at 7.30pm - but by 8.15pm the theatre had to be evacuated.
The theatre is run by Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (TAODS). Community member Steve Clarkson said: “We had to use our own pumps to keep the water below the level of the boilers.
“The backstage team were trying to move as much as they could out of the water’s reach - but everyone is invited back to the show on Saturday.”
Chairman David Wilmslow said: “ We sincerely hope the show goes on.”
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