Todmorden and Hebden Bridge Flooding

June 22 2012

The River Calder burst its banks and flooded the Calder valley from Walsden to Mytholmroyd, inundating the centres of Todmorden and Hebden Bridge, where many businesses and homes have been destroyed.  this is my part of the story.

Here we are trying to get home from Hebden Bridge, only half an hour after arriving, when the road was fine.

We are trying to get back to Todmorden because the flood siren has gone off since we left, and Jims house could be flooding.

All the manholes are gushing forth with water from the flooding river. On the left is the road, and on the right , the river Calder, several feet higher than the road behind its wall. We now have turned round from the flood in the previous pics and have to drive through this one.

The river is higher than the bridge and waiting to burst its banks.  We don’t want to be here.

This is the same scene about half an hour later, after the river burst its banks. You can just about see the line of the road.

On the left is the road, and on the right , the river Calder, several feet higher than the road behind its wall. We now have turned round from the flood in the previous pics and have to drive through this one.

The river by Mandy and Phils house, where we just came from to get home. Now their garden sheds and greenhouse are flooded up the the top.

Jims Dad about to go round another road block so that we can try to get home over the top roads.

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